Introduction: Royal Women and Dynastic Loyalty

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


Dunn and Carney discuss the development of scholarship on royal women, starting in the late 1970s, and consider the various ways royal women became involved in the creation of dynastic loyalty, its maintenance, and its destruction. They introduce a collection of articles ranging from the Hellenistic period to the nineteenth century, from Europe to Asia Minor. This wide scope allows students and scholars to see the often-neglected roles played by women and to grasp patterns of formal and informal influence often disguised by narrower studies of government structures and officials. At the same time, these articles demonstrate the degree to which royal women’s involvement in issues of dynastic loyalty was shaped by the nature of specific monarchic institutions.


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  1. 1.Department of HistoryClemson UniversityClemsonUSA

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