• Helen Matheson-Pollock
  • Joanne Paul
  • Catherine Fletcher
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


The disjuncture between a theory of political counsel predicated on male participants and a political reality of female political actors that occurred in Early Modern Europe has not been sufficiently studied. This introductory chapter lays out the fundamental tenets of the Early Modern discourse of counsel, especially as regards the role of women, and demonstrates the richness of a study which interrogates the relationship between queens and counsel. It also outlines extant scholarship on related subjects and the studies in this volume.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Matheson-Pollock
    • 1
  • Joanne Paul
    • 2
  • Catherine Fletcher
    • 3
  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.University of SussexBrightonUK
  3. 3.Swansea UniversitySwanseaUK

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