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Power, Piety, and Patronage in Late Medieval Queenship

Maria de Luna

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez
    Pages 1-9
  3. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez
    Pages 11-35
  4. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez
    Pages 37-64
  5. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez
    Pages 65-89
  6. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez
    Pages 91-114
  7. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez
    Pages 115-137
  8. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez
    Pages 139-159
  9. Nuria Silleras-Fernandez
    Pages 161-167
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 169-250

About this book


Based on an exhaustive and varied study of predominantly unpublished archival material as well as a variety of literary and non-literary sources, this book investigates the relation between patronage, piety and politics in the life and career of one Late Medieval Spain's most intriguing female personalities, Maria De Luna.


Europe history medieval history Spain

About the authors

NURIA SILLERAS-FERNANDEZ lectures in History and Spanish Literature at the University of California Santa Cruz, USA.

Bibliographic information


"Simply bringing Maria de Luna to light makes this book by Núria Silleras Fernandez a welcome addition to the field of queenship studies. But Power, Piety, and Patronage in Late Medieval Queenship: Maria de Luna is more than just an introductory bow to a prodigiouslytalented woman...Maria's reign allows Silleras Fernandez to present in a compact space a queen consort in the full range of her life and in the potential for power. Her thesis benefits from and builds on the work of anthropologists (culture of court and ceremony), sociologists (networks of power), gender studies (complementarity of femininity and masculinity), and political theory (the dynamics of power). Her discussion of Maria's thoughts on kingship in a letter to her son is part of a field of research that needs much more attention...This book is jam-packed with details that scholars will pore over for some time." - The Medieval Review

"Silleras-Fernandez builds up a comprehensive study of the life and work of Maria de la Luna which is securly placed in the wider context of medieval queenship and socio-political movements of the late medieval era... Altogether this is a well crafted and highly readable account of the political career of a truly remarkable woman." - AARHMS"Power, Piety, and Patronage in late Medieval Queenship offers interesting insight into the life of an exceptional woman, who had an understanding of the politics of power far superior to that of most men of her time." - The Feminist Review

"In this richly textured and superbly researched book, Silleras-Fernandez convincingly shows the important political role of medieval queens in the Crown of Aragon and, by implication, in the rest of western Europe. This book offers a compelling, original, and insightful account of the intersection of lineage, marital affection, institutional history, and power. In doing so Silleras-Fernandez provides a much needed and timely contribution to our understanding of the life and activities of medieval queens in the Crown of Aragon and elsewhere in the medieval West." - Teofilo F. Ruiz, Professor of History, UCLA

"An intriguing account of the career of a late medieval queen of Aragon who was arguably a more capable partner in rulership than her husband the king. Maria de Luna was faced with uprisings, invasions, financial difficulties, and other challenges. Through extensive use of original documents this book reveals Maria s personal and political life and shows that she was a redoubtable ruler. The result is a fascinating biography, one that helps us understand what it meant to be a queen in a chaotic world." - Paul Freedman, Yale University

"This monograph, written in a highly readable style, excels in its use of a wealth of archival resources including royal letters, account books, municipal and ecclesiastic documents. With the publication of Power, Piety, and Patronage in late Medieval Queenship, Silleras-Fernandez has introduced a new theoretical frame into the growing discipline of medieval queenship studies." - Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Professor of Spanish andAssociate Deanof the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University

"Silleras-Fernandez's work rests on a truly impressive range of archival sources... [T]his is an engaging and important study of queenship, gender, and power in the late medieval world." - Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Cleveland State University