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Bona Sforza and the Realpolitik of Queenly Counsel in Sixteenth-Century Poland-Lithuania

  • Katarzyna KosiorEmail author
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Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Abstract

Bona Sforza (1494–1557), daughter of the duke of Milan and Isabella d’Aragona, was queen consort of Sigismund the Old, King of Poland. She is often portrayed as a “Machiavellian” political manipulator: she pursued a comprehensive political programme and mounted her own political faction which included some of the most powerful Polish nobles. However, she was only successful in implementing her political agendas insofar as it suited her husband, Sigismund the Old. Once her agenda and his plans diverged, she lost much of her influence. Bona is an example of how a queen’s counsel was the centre of her political authority, but also how vulnerable that position of authority was and how easily a queen could be discredited as overtly emotional.

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  1. 1.Durham UniversityDurhamUK

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