Introduction: East and West

  • Katarzyna Kosior
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


The Introduction sets out the premise of the book by explaining how the neglect of studying early modern Polish history has contributed to an incomplete image of early modern continent, especially royal culture, which is almost exclusively studied from a Western European perspective. The Introduction demonstrates that a full understanding of European queenship, ceremony, and ritual must include its Polish aspect, and that this institution played out on a much bigger stage (with a wider range of local ‘flavours’) than reflected in current scholarship, with royal kinship ties stretching right across the continent. To help the reader, this chapter also includes an introduction to Polish and French political systems, Renaissance, and a section explaining how the motivations between French and Polish royal marriages of the sixteenth century have been intertwined.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katarzyna Kosior
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  1. 1.Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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