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Royal Women and Dynastic Loyalty

  • Caroline Dunn
  • Elizabeth Carney

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Caroline Dunn, Elizabeth Carney
    Pages 1-17
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 191-199

About this book


Royal women did much more to wield power besides marrying the king and producing the heir. Subverting the dichotomies of public/private and formal/informal that gender public authority as male and informal authority as female, this book examines royal women as agents of influence. With an expansive chronological and geographic scope—from ancient to early modern and covering Egypt, Great Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and Asia Minor—these essays trace patterns of influence often disguised by narrower studies of government studies and officials. Contributors highlight the theme of dynastic loyalty by focusing on the roles and actions of individual royal women, examining patterns within dynasties, and considering what factors generated loyalty and disloyalty to a dynasty or individual ruler. Contributors show that whether serving as the font of dynastic authority or playing informal roles of child-bearer, patron, or religious promoter, royal women have been central to the issue of dynastic loyalty throughout the ancient, medieval, and modern eras. 


Palace women monarchy history dowager queens Hellenistic queens Julia Domna Mary Queen of Scots Reformation-era Europe Renee de France Anna of Denmark Berenice II of Cyrene legitimacy in dynasties Ottoman Empire Merovingian queens female rulers Septimius Severus Norwegian monarchy Early Stuart arts patronage Elisabeth Christine

Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline Dunn
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Carney
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryClemson UniversityClemson, SCUSA
  2. 2.Department of HistoryClemson UniversityClemson, SCUSA

About the editors

Caroline Dunn teaches history at Clemson University, USA, and is the author of Stolen Women in Medieval England: Rape, Abduction, and Adultery c. 1100–1500 (2012).

Elizabeth Carney is Professor of History and Carol K. Brown Scholar in Humanities, Emerita, at Clemson University, USA. Her most recent book is King and Court in Ancient Macedonia: Rivalry, Treason and Conspiracy (2015).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Royal Women and Dynastic Loyalty
  • Editors Caroline Dunn
    Elizabeth Carney
  • Series Title Queenship and Power
  • Series Abbreviated Title Queenship and Power
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-75876-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09347-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-75877-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 199
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European History
    Imperialism and Colonialism
    Women's Studies
    Cultural History
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“It is a valuable contribution to the field and should be read by both scholars and students with an interest in royal studies, queenship, and women in general.” (Estelle Paranque, Royal Studies Journal, Vol. 6 (2), 2019)