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The Emblematic Queen

Extra-Literary Representations of Early Modern Queenship

  • Editors
  • Debra Barrett-Graves

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

About this book


This study examines representations of early modern female consorts and regnants via extra-literary emblematics such as paintings, jewelry, miniature portraits, carvings, placards, masques, funerary monuments, and imprese.


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About the authors

Liana de Girolamoi Cheney, University of Massachusetts, USA Cassandra Auble, West Virginia University, USA Brandie R. Siegfried, Brigham Young University, USA Catherine Loomis, University of New Orleans, USA Marguerite A. Tassi, University of Nebraska-Kearney, USA Effie Botonaki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece John T. Cull, College of the Holy Cross, USA Antonio Bernat Vistarini, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain

Bibliographic information


'Hereditary monarchies have always depended for their very survival on interdynastic marriages and fertile queens, yet the ambiguities of their power and status as women have often been obscured in their historical profiles. As the Renaissance emblem came to play such a central role in symbolic representations of royalty, however, we can now witness those ambiguities and difficulties in the emblematic representation of royal spouses of the early modern period that are explored in the revealing studies that make up this volume.' - Michael Bath, Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, UK and author of Emblems for a Queen: The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots

'The essays in this volume shine fascinating light on material objects bearing the symbolic images by which Renaissance queens pressed their claims to authority and sought to preserve their fame. In exploring the many interpretive possibilities that arise when royal emblems are seen in relation to competing cultural and political forces in the reigns that produced them, the authors show just how fresh the insights can be when history, art history, and cultural studies come together as intimate friends.' - Donald Stump, Professor of English, Saint Louis University, co-founder of the Queen Elizabeth I Society and co-editor of Elizabeth I and the 'Sovereign Arts' and The Age of Elizabeth