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The Queens Regnant of Navarre

Succession, Politics, and Partnership, 1274–1512

  • Authors


  • The first book to focus solely on the five queens regnant of Navarre


Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Elena Woodacre
    Pages 1-20
  3. Elena Woodacre
    Pages 21-49
  4. Elena Woodacre
    Pages 51-75
  5. Elena Woodacre
    Pages 77-107
  6. Elena Woodacre
    Pages 109-130
  7. Elena Woodacre
    Pages 131-164
  8. Elena Woodacre
    Pages 165-172
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 173-267

About this book


The five queens of Navarre were the largest group of female sovereigns in one European realm during the Middle Ages, but they are largely unknown beyond a regional audience. This survey fills this scholarly lacuna, focusing particularly on issues of female succession, agency, and power-sharing dynamic between the queens and their male consorts.


civil war Europe Middle Ages politics

About the authors

Elena Woodacre is Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Winchester, UK.

Bibliographic information


'This longitudinal study of regnant queens in a single realm is an excellent approach that has not been done before to the field. The overall quality of the research is very high, with both extensive study of archival and chronicle sources. As the first book to look exclusively at five Navarrese queens regnant, just narrating the story of their lives and reigns makes this book a significant contribution to the field. The thesis is compelling, the evidence convincing, and the overall quality and tone of the writing excellent. Woodacre's book is an important and most welcome addition to the historiography of medieval queens.' - Theresa Earenfight, Professor of History, Seattle University, USA

'The five medieval queens-regnant of Navarre: Juana I, Juana II, Blanca I, Leonor and Catalina I receive new attention in this careful study of queenship, gender, and geopolitics. Elena Woodacre demonstrates how these women were not mere place-holders or figureheads, but actively ruled Navarre as diplomats, administrators, and patrons, despite Navarre's precarious situation between the powerhouses of Castile, Aragon, and France, and despite the perceived disabilities of youth and gender. This book is a welcome contribution to the study of queenship in medieval Europe.' - Miriam Shadis, Ohio University, USA

'This is a most informative, well-researched, and enjoyable book that brings to life five queens of Navarre who reigned in their own right, as genuine sovereigns, between 1274 and 1512.' - Nuria Silleras-Fernandez, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA