The Ladies’ Peace Revisited: Gender, Counsel and Diplomacy

  • Catherine FletcherEmail author
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


The 1529 Treaty of Cambrai, known as the “Ladies’ Peace”, is a rare example of a treaty negotiated by women. This chapter revisits it in light of evidence from the earlier careers of the protagonists Margaret of Austria (aunt of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V) and Louise of Savoy (mother of Francis I of France). It draws new conclusions about the ways that royal women might deploy gendered rhetorical strategies in their provision of counsel, arguing that the construction of women as peacemakers and inexpert in military matters belies the reality of their interactions, and that a historiographical focus on gender difference risks neglecting important similarities in the way that men and women were assessed as diplomats.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swansea UniversitySwanseaUK

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