Becoming a Queen in Early Modern Europe

East and West

  • Katarzyna Kosior

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Katarzyna Kosior
    Pages 1-22
  3. Katarzyna Kosior
    Pages 61-97
  4. Katarzyna Kosior
    Pages 99-138
  5. Katarzyna Kosior
    Pages 173-179
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 181-256

About this book


Queens of Poland are conspicuously absent from the study of European queenship—an absence which, together with early modern Poland’s marginal place in the historiography, results in a picture of European royal culture that can only be lopsided and incomplete. Katarzyna Kosior cuts through persistent stereotypes of an East-West dichotomy and a culturally isolated early modern Poland to offer a groundbreaking comparative study of royal ceremony in Poland and France. The ceremonies of becoming a Jagiellonian or Valois queen, analysed in their larger European context, illuminate the connections that bound together monarchical Europe. These ceremonies are a gateway to a fuller understanding of European royal culture, demonstrating that it is impossible to make claims about European queenship without considering eastern Europe.


European queenship sixteenth-century royal culture Royal ceremonies early modern Europe Polish queens Royal weddings French queenship coronation ceremonies royal marriages royal motherhood Queens of France and Poland The Valois European royal ceremony the Jagiellonians pan-European sixteenth-century monarchy Bona Sforza Barbara Radziwiłł

Authors and affiliations

  • Katarzyna Kosior
    • 1
  1. 1.Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11847-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11848-8
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