Queenship in Medieval France, 1300-1500

  • Murielle Gaude-Ferragu

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
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    Pages 1-8
  3. Acceding to Royal Dignity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
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      Pages 11-39
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  4. A Woman in Politics: The Power of the Queen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
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  5. The Symbolic Government

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-224

About this book


This book examines the power held by the French medieval queens during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and their larger roles within the kingdom at a time when women were excluded from succession to the throne. Well before Catherine and Marie de’ Medici, the last medieval French queens played an essential role in the monarchy, not only because they bore the weight of their dynasty’s destiny but also because they embodied royal majesty alongside their husbands. Since women were excluded from the French crown in 1316, they were only deemed as “queen consorts.” Far from being confined solely to the private sphere, however, these queens participated in the communication of power and contributed to the proper functioning of “court society.” From Isabeau of Bavaria and her political influence during her husband’s intermittent absences to Anne of Brittany’s reign, this book sheds light on the meaning and complexity of the office of queen and ultimately the female history of power.   


Medieval France (XIVth-XVth) French Medieval Queenship Medieval women Medieval Religion Ceremonies Europe France history history of literature literature Medieval Literature Middle Ages Modernity social history social science

Authors and affiliations

  • Murielle Gaude-Ferragu
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Paris-13, Sorbonne-Paris-CitéVilletaneuseFrance

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