Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe

Potential Kings and Queens

  • Valerie Schutte

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

About this book


There were many surprising accessions in the early modern period, including Mary I of England, Henry III of France, Anne Stuart, and others, but this is the first book dedicated solely to evaluating their lives and the repercussions of their reigns. By comparing a variety of such unexpected heirs, this engaging history offers a richer portrait of early modern monarchy. It shows that the need for heirs and the acquisition and preparation of heirs had a critical impact on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and politics, from the appropriation of culture to the influence of language, to trade and political alliances. It also shows that securing a dynasty relied on more than just political agreements and giving birth to legitimate sons, examining how relationships between women could and did forge alliances and dynastic continuities.


Tudor Catherine de Medici Stuart Queen Christina of Sweden Edward VI Elizabeth I heir Henry III of France early modern Europe monarchy Mary I of England

Editors and affiliations

  • Valerie Schutte
    • 1
  1. 1.Beaver FallsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-55293-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-55294-1
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