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The Last Medieval Queens

English Queenship 1445-1503

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The Last Medieval Queens by J.L. Laynesmith
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The last medieval queens of England were Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne Neville, and Elizabeth of York - four very different women whose lives and queenship were dominated by the Wars of the Roses. This book is not a traditional biography but a thematic study of the ideology and practice of queenship. It examines the motivations behind the choice of the first English-born queens, the multi-faceted rituals of coronation, childbirth, and funeral, the divided loyalties between family and king, and the significance of a position at the heart of the English power structure that could only be filled by a woman. It sheds new light on the queens' struggles to defend their children's rights to the throne, and argues that ideologically and politically a queen was integral to the proper exercise of mature kingship in this period.

Author Biography

J. L. Laynesmith received her doctorate from the University of York and has taught medieval history at the universities of York, Oxford, Reading, and Huddersfield.
Release date NZ
March 1st, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
5 family trees, 8pp halftone plates
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
312
Dimensions
163x242x22
ISBN-13
9780199247370
Product ID
1858849

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