Beyond Good Queen Anne: Anne of Bohemia, Patronage, and Politics

  • Kristen L. Geaman
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Anne of Bohemia (1366–1394), Richard II of England’s first queen, is routinely depicted as a paragon of Victorian female virtues—an apolitical and devoted wife who sought to ensure peace. This chapter explores how Anne of Bohemia made use of the traditional duties of queenship (intercession, cultural patronage, religious patronage) to craft for herself a political persona that was unexceptional and acceptable to her English subjects. Anne was a notable patron and an especially active intercessor. She communicated with her natal family and kept abreast of continental politics. Queenship, as an office, consisted of a number of conventional political tasks, which, while not always flashy, still meant that the political involvement of elite medieval women was routine and commonplace.



Thank you to the USC Provost’s Fellowship Program and the Schallek Awards, sponsored by the Richard III Society and the Medieval Academy of America, for their funding and support of my dissertation, from which some of this material is taken. I would also like to thank Chelsea Griffis and Becky Cerling for their advice for revisions.


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  • Kristen L. Geaman
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  1. 1.University of ToledoToledoUSA

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