King’s Daughters, Sisters, and Wives: Fonts and Conduits of Power and Legitimacy

  • Waldemar Heckel
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


Heckel examines how women of royal houses in the ancient and medieval worlds formed essential links between men who sought the throne and their predecessors. Although many societies were either constitutionally or traditionally opposed to the rule of women (“Queens Regnant”), the importance of the bloodline, which in the absence of male heirs flowed through the female, must not be underestimated. Because the familial status of the female became a strong—and often deciding—factor, men who aspired to the throne often used marriage to royal women, or blood relationships to them, as a means of gaining legitimacy. Heckel considers the variety of relationships, as well as their political advantages and drawbacks.


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  • Waldemar Heckel
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  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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