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Author Laynesmith, J. L.

Title The last medieval queens : English queenship 1445-1503 / J.L. Laynesmith
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 294 pages, 8 pages of plates) : illustrations, genealogical tables
Summary The last medieval queens of England were Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne Neville, and Elizabeth of York - four very different women whose lives and queenship were dominated by the Wars of the Roses. This book is not a traditional biography but a thematic study of the ideology and practice of queenship. It examines the motivations behind the choice of the first English-born queens, the multi-faceted rituals of coronation, childbirth, and funeral, the divided loyalties between family and king, and the significance of a position at the heart of the English power structure that could only be filled by a woman. It sheds new light on the queens' struggles to defend their children's rights to the throne, and argues that ideologically and politically a queen was integral to the proper exercise of mature kingship in this period
Notes "Joint winner of the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Prize 2005"--Page 4 of cover
Originally published: 2004
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-286) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Anne, Queen, consort of Richard III, King of England, 1456-1485.
Elizabeth, Queen, consort of Edward IV, King of England, 1437?-1492.
Elizabeth, Queen, consort of Henry VII, King of England, 1465-1503.
Margaret, of Anjou, Queen, consort of Henry VI, King of England, 1430-1482.
Monarchy -- Great Britain -- History -- To 1500.
Power (Social sciences) -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Queens -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Queens -- England -- Social conditions.
Queens -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Women -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Great Britain -- History -- Lancaster and York, 1399-1485 -- Biography.
Great Britain -- History -- To 1500.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1399-1485.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1280846747
1429469323 (electronic bk.)
9781429469326 (electronic bk.)