Queenship scholars have been very over the past few years, as you can see from the list below. I just updated the bibliography sections of this blog, but I am certain that I missed a few things. Please, if I missed your book or essay, send me an email (email@example.com) and I will add your work to the list. And if you have something forthcoming, please let me know and I’ll spread the word.
I want to note a few things that come to mind as I look at this list. First, there are four new editions of texts that are directly pertinent to queens and queenship:
- d’Avray, D. Dissolving Royal Marriages: A Documentary History 800-1600. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- De Pizan, Christine. The Book of Peace by Christine de Pizan. K. Green, C. J. Mews, and J. Pinder (eds.). University Park: Penn State Press, 2008.
- Hincmar of Rheims: On the Divorce of King Lothar and Queen Theutberga. R. Stone and C. West (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
- The Warenne (Hyde) Chronicle. E. van Houts and R. Love (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
This is a sign of the continued demand for edited materials on queens and queenship, and one that I hope prompts publishers to produce more edited source texts.
Next, there are four new collections of essays specifically devoted to queens:
- Fleiner, C. and E. Woodacre (eds). Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era. Queenship and Power series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
- Levin, C. and C. Stewart-Nuñez (eds.). Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
- Woodacre, E. (ed.). Queenship in the Mediterranean: Negotiating the Role of the Queen in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
- Woodacre, E. and C. Fleiner (eds). Royal Mothers and Their Ruling Children: Wielding Political Authority from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
The richness of the field–in terms of geographic scope, methods, and theoretical approaches–is evident in the impressive number of studies on medieval queens since 2012. In many ways, this reflects two projects that provide platforms for publication: The Royal Studies Network (http://www.royalstudiesnetwork.org) and the Queenship and Power series published by Palgrave Macmillan. But that is just the beginning:
Adams, T. “L’Affaire de la Tour de Nesle: Love Affair as Political Conspiracy,” in C. Leveleux-Teixeira, Ribémont B (eds.) Le crime de l’ombre. Paris: Klincksieck, 2010. 17–40.
———. Christine de Pizan and the Fight for France. University Park: Penn State Press, 2014.
———. “Renaissance Queenship: A Review Article.” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 42:1 (2016): 87–107.
Beem, C. “‘Greatest in Her Offspring’: Motherhood and the Empress Matilda,” in C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era, 85–100.
———. “The Virtuous Virago: The Empress Matilda and the Politics of Womanhood in Twelfth-century England,” in C. Levin and C. Stewart-Nuñez (eds.), Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens, 85–98.
Beer, M. “Practices and performances of queenship: Catherine of Aragon and Margaret Tudor, 1503-1533.” Doctoral Dissertation. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014.
Blanton, V. “‘[. . .] the quene in Amysbery, a nunne in whyght clothys and blak [. . .]’: Guinevere’s Asceticism and Penance in Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur,” Arthuriana 20:1 (2010): 52–75.
Bowie, Colette. “To Have and Have Not: The Dower of Joanna Plantagenet, Queen of Sicity (1177–1189)”, in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 27–50.
Casteen, E. “Sex and Politics in Naples: The Regnant Queenship of Johanna I.” The Journal of the Historical Society 11:2 (2011): 183–210.
Cimino, R. “Italian queens in the ninth and tenth centuries,” Doctoral Dissertation. University of St Andrews, 2014.
Clements, J. H. “The Construction of Queenship in the Illustrated Estoire de Seint Aedward le Rei.” Gesta 52:1 (2013): 21–42.
Comba, M. “Methods of Queenship in Matrimonial Diplomacy: Fifteenth Century Scottish Royal Women,” Constellations 5:2 (2014) [https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/constellations/article/view/22030]
Dockray-Miller, M. The Books and Life of Judith of Flanders. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.
———. Saints Edith and Æthelthryth: Princesses, Miracle Workers, and their Late Medieval Audience: The Wilton Chronicle and the Wilton Life of St Æthelthryth Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 25. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.
Earenfight, T. “Raising Infanta Catalina de Aragón To Be Catherine, Queen of England,” Anuario de Estudios Medievales 46:1 (2016): 417–43.
———. “Regarding Catherine of Aragon.” In Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens. Edited by Carole Levin. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 137–57.
———. “Trastámara Kings, Queens, and the Gender Dynamics of Monarchy.” In The Emergence of León-Castile, c. 1065–1500: Essays Presented to J. F. O’Callaghan. Edited by James Todesca. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015. 141–60.
———. “Where Do We Go From Here? Some Thoughts on Power and Gender in the Middle Ages.” Medieval Feminist Forum 51:2 (2016). http://ir.uiowa.edu/mff/vol51/iss2/12
Evans, M. R. Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
Fisher, S. “‘Margaret R’: Lady Margaret Beaufort’s Self-fashioning and Female Ambition,” in C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era, 151–72.
Fuente, M. J. “¿Reina la reina? Mujeres en la cúspide del poder en los reinos hispánicos de la edad media (siglos VI-XIII),” Espacio, Tiempo y Forma. Historia Medieval 16 (2003): 53–71.
Gamero Igea, G. “Stepmother and Mother of Princes: Legitimation and Political Action during the Reign of Juana Enríquez (1447–1468),” in E. Woodacre and C. Fleiner (eds), Royal Mothers and Their Ruling Children, 31–52.
Gathagan, L. L. “‘Mother of Heroes, Most Beautiful of Mothers’: Mathilda of Flanders and Royal Motherhood in the Eleventh Century,” in C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era, 37–64.
———. “The Trappings of Power: The Coronation of Mathilda of Flanders,” Haskins Society Journal 13 (2004): 21–39.
Glyn, E. L. “Negotiating Queenship from Malory to Shakespeare.” Doctoral Dissertation. King’s College London, 2015.
Halfond, G. I. “Sis Quoque Catholicis Religionis Apex”: The Ecclesiastical Patronage of Chilperic I and Fredegund,” Church History 81 (2012): 48–76.
Heidecker, K. The Divorce of Lothar II: Christian Marriage and Political Power in the Carolingian World. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010.
Jasperse, J. “A Coin Bearing Testimony to Duchess Matilda as Consors Regni,” The Haskins Society Journal 26 (2014): 169–90.
———. “Duke Charles of Guelders (r.1492-†1538) and the ‘restoration’ of the tomb monument of Gerard IV and Margaret in the Roermond Minster,” in A.-M. J. van Egmond and C. A. Chvannes-Mazel (eds), Medieval Art in the Northern Netherlands before Van Eyck. Clavis: Stichting publicaties middeleeuwse kunst, 2014. 172–87.
———. “To Have and To Hold: Coins and Seals as Evidence for Motherly Authority,” in E. Woodacre and C. Fleiner (eds), Royal Mothers and Their Ruling Children, 83–104.
———. “Het culturele patronaat van Mathilde Plantagenet (1156-1189),” Millennium 21 (2007): 89–107.
———, “The Queen’s Masculine Kiss: Brechmunda’s Constituting Act in the Rolandslied,” Simulacrum 21:4 (2013): 44–51.
Karagianni, Alexandra. “Female Monarchs in the Medieval Byzantine Court: Prejudice, Disbelief, and Calumnies,” in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 9–25.
Katz, M. “The Final Testamanet of Violante de Aragón (c. 1236–1300/01): Agency and (dis)Empowerment of a Dowager Queen,” in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 51–71.
Kaufman, A. S. “Guenevere Burning,” Arthuriana 20:1 (2010): 52–75.
Keane, M. “Collaboration in the Hours of Jeanne de Navarre,” in Jean Pucelle: Innovation and Collaboration in Manuscript Painting, A. Russakoff and K. Pyun (eds.). Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. 131–48.
———. Material Culture and Queenship in 14th-century France: The Testament of Blanche of Navarre (1331–1398). Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016.
———. “Memory and identity in the chapel of Blanche of Navarre at Saint-Denis,” in Citation, Intertextuality and Memory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Vol 2: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Medieval Culture, Y. Plumley and G. di Bacco (eds.). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013. 123–36.
Kosior, K. “Outlander, Baby Killer, Poisoner? Rethinking Bona Sfroza’s Black Legend,” in C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era, 199–224.
Kotsis, K. “Defining Female Authority in Eighth-Century Byzantium: The Numismatic Images of the Empress Irene (797–802),” Journal of Late Antiquity 5:1 (2012): 185–215.
———. “Empress Theodora: A Holy Mother,” in C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era, 11–36.
———. “Mothers of the Empire: Empresses Zoe and Theodora on a Byzantine Medallion Cycle,” Medieval Feminist Forum 48:1 (2012): 5–96.
Lecky, K, “How the Iceni Became British: Holinshed’s Boudicca and the Rhetoric of Naturalization,” in C. Levin and C. Stewart-Nuñez (eds.), Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens, 55–73.
López Izquierdo, M. “Palabras de reinas, santas y alcahuetas: Modalización y representación del discurso femenino en la literatura medieval,”Cahiers de linguistique et de civilisation hispaniques médiévales 27 (2004): 83–94.
LoPrete, K. “Women, Gender and Lordship in France, c.1050–1250.” History Compass 5: 6 (2007): 1921–41.
McCracken, P. The Curse of Eve, the Wound of the Hero: Blood, Gender, and Medieval Literature. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.
Mudan-Finn, K. The Last Plantagenet Consorts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Nash, P. “Empress Adelheid’s Vulnerabilities as Mother and Ruler,” in E. Woodacre and C. Fleiner (eds), Royal Mothers and Their Ruling Children, 127–48.
North, J. “The Construction of a Cultural Legacy: Queen María de Molina of Castile,” Doctoral Dissertation. University of Virginia, 2013.
———. “Queen Mother Knows Best: María de Molina and the Vestiges of Medieval Politics in Modern Historiography,” in E. Woodacre and C. Fleiner (eds), Royal Mothers and Their Ruling Children, 205–24.
Pelaz Flores, D. “Jaque a la Reina: cuando la mujer se convierte en un estorbo politico,” Miscelánea Medieval Murciana 35 (2011): 177–87.
———. “Queenly Time in the Reign of Juan II of Castile (1406–1454),” in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 169–90.
———. “To Be the Queen’s Daughter: Controversy, Adultery, and the Legitimacy Problem in the Reign of Enrique IV of Castile (1454–1474), in E. Woodacre and C. Fleiner (eds), Royal Mothers and Their Ruling Children, 11–30.
Pina Balerias, I. “The Political Role of a Portuguese Queen in the Late Fourteenth Century,” in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 97–123.
Proctor-Tiffany, M. “Lost and Found: Visualizing a Medieval Queen’s Destroyed Objects.” in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 73–96.
———. “Transported as a rare object of distinction: the gift-giving of Clémence of Hungary, Queen of France,” Journal of Medieval History 41:2 (2015): 1–21.
Ramsey, S. D. “Deliberative rhetoric in the twelfth century: The case for Eleanor of Aquitaine, noblewomen, and the ars dictaminis.” Doctoral Dissertation. Bowling Green State University, 2012.
Reid, J. A. King’s Sister—Queen of Dissent: Marguerite of Navarre (1492-1549) and her Evangelical Network. 2 vols. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009.
Rhorchi, F. “Consorts of Moroccan Sultans: Laila Khnata Bint Bakkar, ‘A Woman with Three Kings,’” in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 229–45.
Richardson, A. “’Riding like Alexander, Hunting like Diana’: Gendered Aspects of the Medieval Hunt and its Landscape Settings in England and France,” Gender and History 24:2 (2012): 253–70.
Roca i Costa, M. C. “Cómo eran las princesas en la Edad Media,” Cío: Revista de Historia 91 (2009): 18–27.
Rodrigues Oliveira, A. “Philippa of Lancaster: The Memory of a Model Queen,” in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 125–44.
Rohr, Z. “Lessons for My Daughter: Self-fashioning Stateswomanship in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon,” in Self-Fashioning and Assumptions of Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, Laura Delbrugge (ed.). Leiden: Brill, 2014. 46–78.
———. “Not Lost in Translation: Aragonese Court Culture on Tour (1400–1480),” in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 145–68.
———. “Playing the Catalan: The Rise of the Chess Queen; Queenship and Political Motherhood in Late Medieval Aragon and France,” in C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era, 173–98.
———. Yolande of Aragon (1381–1442) Family and Power. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Santos Silva, M. “A Mother and Her Illustrious Offspring: The Role of Philippa of Lancaster, Queen of Portugal, in her Children’s Education (1387–1415),” in C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era, 65–84.
———. “Princess Isabel of Portugal: First Lady in a Kingdom without a Queen (1415–1428),” in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 191–205.
Serrano Coll, M. “Iconografía de género: los sellos de las reinas de Aragón en la Edad Media (siglos XII-XVI),” Emblemata: Revista Aragonesa de Emblemática 12 (2006): 15–52.
Shadis, M. “Queens.” Oxford Bibliographies in “Medieval Studies” Edited by Paul Szarmach. New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195396584/obo- 9780195396584-0123.xml
———. “Queenship.” The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, 3083–3085 [DOI: 10.1002/9781118474396.wbept0853]
———. “Women and Las Navas de Tolosa,” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies: Special Issue on the 800th Anniversary of the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa. 4:1 (2012): 71–76.
Silleras-Fernández, N. “Between Expectation and Desire: Widowhood and Sexuality in Late Medieval Iberia,” Viator 42:2 (2011): 353–70.
———. Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015.
———. “Controlling Feminine Excess: Isabel the Catholic and Didactic Literature,” in Women’s Networks of Spiritual Promotion in the Peninsular Kingdoms (13th–16th centuries), ed. Blanca Garí, trans. by PangurBàn, SL. Rome: Viella, 2013. 185–204.
———. “Creada a su imagen y semejanza: La coronación de la Reina de Aragón según las Ordenaciones de Pedro el Ceremonioso,” Lusitania Sacra. 2a Série 31 (2015): 107–128.
———. “Dues reines per a un rei: Maria de Luna i Margarida de Prades, les mullers de Martí I l’Humà (r. 1396–1410),” in Martí l’Humà, el darrer rei de la dinastia de Barcelona (1396–1410), L’interregne i el compromís de Casp, ed. Maria Teresa Ferrer i Mallol (Barcelona: Institut d’Estudis Catalans, 2015): 693–710.
———. “Inside Perspectives: Catalina and João III of Portugal and a Speculum for a Queen-to-be,” in Self-Fashioning and Assumptions of Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, Laura Delbrugge (ed.). Leiden: Brill, 2014. 226–53.
———. “The Queen, the Prince, and the Ideologue: Alonso Ortiz’s Notions of Queenship at the Court of the Catholic Kings,” Anuario de Estudios Medievales 46:1 (2016): 393–415.
———. “Reginalitat als regnes hispànics medievals: concepte historiogràfic per a una realitat històrica,” Boletín de la Real Academia de Buenas Letras de Barcelona 50 (2005–2006): 121–42.
Slater, L. “Defining Queenship at Greyfriars London, c.1300–58.” Gender and History 27:1 (2015): 53–76.
Slitt, R. “The Boundaries of Women’s Power: Gender and the Discourse of Political Friendship in Twelfth-Century England,“ Gender and History 24:1 (2012): 1–17.
Stevenson, K. “Chivalry, British sovereignty and dynastic politics: undercurrents of antagonism in Tudor-Stewart relations, c.1490−c.1513.” Historical Research 86:234 (2013): 601–18.
Thomas, E. J. “The ‘second jezebel’: representations of the sixth-century Queen Brunhild.” Doctoral Dissertation. University of Glasgow, 2012.
Val Valdivieso, M. I. del. “Isabel la Católica y la educación,” Aragón en la Edad Media: Estudios de Economía y Sociedad 19 (2006): 555–62.
———, “Isabel la Católica: Una mujer para el trono de Castilla,” Memòries de la Reial Acadèmia Mallorquina d’Estudis Genealògics, Heràldics i Històrics 14 (2004): 7–23.
———, “Isabel la Católica o el triunfo de la intriga,” Historia 16:4 (40) (1979: 47–51.
Ward, E. J. “Anne of Kiev (c.1024–c.1075) and a reassessment of maternal power in the minority kingship of Philip I of France.” Historical Research 89:245 (2016): 435–53.
Weikert, K. “The Empress Matilda and Motherhood in Popular Fiction, 1970s to the Present,” in C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era, 225–46.
Wilkinson, L. J. “Maternal Abandonment and Surrogate Caregivers: Isabella of Angoulême and Her Children by King John,” in C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era, 101–24.
Woodacre, E, “Blanca, Queen of Sicily and Queen of Navarre: Connecting the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean via an Aragonese Alliance,” in E. Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, pp. 207–27.
———. “Cousins & Queens: Family Ties, Political aAmbition & Epistolary Diplomacy in Renaissance Europe,” in G. Sluga, G. Calvi and C. James (eds) Women, Diplomacy and International Politics from 1500. New York: Routledge: 2015. 30–45.
———. “The Perils of Promotion: Maternal Ambition and Sacrifice in the Life of Joan of Navarre, Duchess of Brittany, and Queen of England,” in C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era, 125–48.
Zajac, T. “Gloriosa Regina or “Alien Queen”?: Some Reconsiderations on Anna Yaroslavna’s Queenship (r. 1050-1075).” Royal Studies Journal 3:1 (2016) [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21039/rsj.v3i1.88%5D
And finally, keep an eye out for this book, coming very soon!
Zita Rohr and Lisa Benz (eds.), Queenship, Gender, and Reputation in the Medieval and Early Modern West, 1060-1600. Aldershot: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.