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Later Plantagenet and the Wars of the Roses Consorts

Power, Influence, and Dynasty

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Examines the lives and legacies of Later Plantagenet and Wars of the Roses royal consorts

  • Offers in-depth, thematic essays that explore vital aspects of the consorts role

  • Reflects on the challenges of different periods of history and the impact on the lives and tenures of consorts

Part of the book series: Queenship and Power (QAP)

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About this book

“This impressive volume brings together the best new work on queens consort of late medieval England. A model for how to present a coherent overview of a subject as complex as these queens, a dozen scholars craft vivid and rich yet concise portraits of queens from Isabella of France to Anne Neville.”
Theresa M. Earenfight, Seattle University, USA

This book examines the lives and tenures of the consorts of the Plantagenet dynasty during the later Middle Ages, encompassing two major conflicts—the Hundred Years’ War and the Wars of the Roses. The figures in this volume include well-known consorts such as the “She Wolves” Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou, as well as queens who are often overlooked, such as Philippa of Hainault and Joan of Navarre. These innovative and authoritative biographies bring a fresh approach to the consorts of this period—challenging negative perceptions created by complex political circumstances and the narrow expectations of later writers, and demonstrating the breadth of possibilities in later medieval queenship. Their conclusions shed fresh light on both the politics of the day and the wider position of women in this age. This volume and its companions reveal the changing nature of English consortship from the Norman Conquest to today.


Aidan Norrie is Lecturer in History and Programme Leader at the University Campus North Lincolnshire, UK, and the Managing Editor of The London Journal.

Carolyn Harris is Instructor in History at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Canada, and a regular royal commentator in Canadian media.

J.L. Laynesmith is Visiting Research Fellow in Medieval Studies at the University of Reading, UK.

Danna R. Messer is Senior Acquisitions Editor at Arc Humanities Press, and the Executive Editor of The Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages.

Elena Woodacre is Reader in Renaissance History at the University of Winchester, UK, Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal, and the founder of the Royal Studies Network.

Keywords

  • History of Monarchy
  • Royal Studies
  • Historic Consorts
  • Medieval Queens
  • Dowager Consorts
  • Foreign Consorts
  • Wars of the Roses
  • Anne of Bohemia
  • Isabella of Valois
  • Joan of Navarre

Reviews

“This impressive volume brings together the best new work on queens consort of late medieval England. A model for how to present a coherent overview of a subject as complex as these queens, a dozen scholars craft vivid and rich yet concise portraits of queens from Isabella of France to Anne Neville. The authors, attentive to the gendered nature of power and authority, are judicious in their discussion of controversial queens and “quasi-queens” – women whose influence at court and beyond is often underestimated. Each chapter can stand alone, making it a valuable resource for teaching. Taken as a whole, the essays highlight the complex interlocking ties that strained family loyalties amid the extreme pressures of dynastic wars.”
—Theresa M. Earenfight, Seattle University, USA

“This thought-provoking, accessible, and multifaceted volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the structures and practices of late medieval queenship, or in the queens themselves who stood at the heart of the dynastic conflicts that shaped fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. Ranging from the ‘she-wolves’ Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou to the child-bride Isabella of Valois to the English consorts Elizabeth Woodville and Anne Neville, these are fascinating lives.”
—Helen Castor, University of Cambridge, UK

Editors and Affiliations

  • History, University Campus North Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

    Aidan Norrie

  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

    Carolyn Harris

  • University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

    J.L. Laynesmith

  • Arc Humanities Press, York, United Kingdom

    Danna R. Messer

  • Dept of History, University of Winchester, Winchester, United Kingdom

    Elena Woodacre

About the editors

Aidan Norrie is Lecturer in History and Programme Leader at the University Campus North Lincolnshire, UK, and the Managing Editor of The London Journal.

Carolyn Harris is Instructor in History at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Canada, and a regular royal commentator in Canadian media.

J.L. Laynesmith is Visiting Research Fellow in Medieval Studies at the University of Reading, UK.

Danna R. Messer is Senior Acquisitions Editor at Arc Humanities Press, and the Executive Editor of The Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages.

Elena Woodacre is Reader in Renaissance History at the University of Winchester, UK, Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal, and the founder of the Royal Studies Network.

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