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Title Virtuous or Villainess? The image of the royal mother from the early medieval to the early modern era / Carey Fleiner, Elena Woodacre, editors
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Queenship and power
Contents Acknowledgments; Contents; Contributors; List of Figures; Introduction; Notes; Part I: Fashioning the Image of the "Good" and "Bad" Royal Mother; Empress Theodora: A Holy Mother; Wife, Mother, and Widow: Visual Images of Theodora from Her Lifetime; Holy Mother: Posthumous Textual Images of Theodora; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; "Mother of Heroes, Most Beautiful of Mothers": Mathilda of Flanders and Royal Motherhood in the Eleventh Century; Notes; Appendix I; Bibliography; Primary Sources; Secondary Sources
A Mother and Her Illustrious Offspring: The Role of Philippa of Lancaster, Queen of Portugal, in Her Children's Education (1387-1415)Philippa's Education in England; Philippa's Role as a Queen, a Wife, and a Mother; Philippa of Lancaster's Offspring: An Anglo-­Norman or an Iberian Education?; Notes; Bibliography; Primary Sources; "Greatest in Her Offspring": Motherhood and the Empress Matilda; Notes; Bibliography; Maternal Abandonment and Surrogate Caregivers: Isabella of Angoulême and Her Children by King John; Notes; Bibliography; Manuscript Sources; Printed Primary Sources
Secondary SourcesThe Perils of Promotion: Maternal Ambition and Sacrifice in the Life of Joan of Navarre, Duchess of Brittany, and Queen of England; Fulfilling Maternal Expectations as Duchess of Brittany; Ambition or Sacrifice? Joan's Decision to Leave Brittany for England; The Impact of Abandonment: Joan's Children in England; Evaluating Joan as a Royal Stepmother; Conclusions: Evaluating Joan's Maternal Career; Notes; Bibliography; Electronic Sources; Part II: The Legacy and Reputation of Royal Mothers-from Their Contemporaries to the Present Day
"Margaret R": Lady Margaret Beaufort's Self-fashioning and Female Ambition1Motherhood; Ambition; Conclusions: Virtuous or Villainous?; Notes; Bibliography; Manuscripts; Printed Sources; Secondary; Playing the Catalan: The Rise of the Chess Queen; Queenship and Political Motherhood in Late Medieval Aragon and France; Enter the Queen; Exit the King; Violant of Bar: Queen (Mother)'s Gambit Declined; "Absent" the Kings; Yolande of Aragon: Queen's Gambit Accepted; Concluding Remarks; Notes; Bibliography; Primary Sources; Secondary Sources
Outlander, Baby Killer, Poisoner? Rethinking Bona Sforza's Black LegendThe Genesis; The Afterlife; Notes; Bibliography; Archival Sources; Other Sources; Secondary Literature; The Empress Matilda and Motherhood in Popular Fiction, 1970s to the Present; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary This collection addresses royal motherhood across Europe, from both the medieval and Early Modern periods, including (in)famous and not-so-famous royal mothers. The essays in this collection reveal the complexities and the subtleties inherent in the role of royal mothers and challenges these traditional stereotypes. The volume provides a fresh re-evaluation of these women, from those who have been given an almost saintly status to those who struggled against contemporary chronicles and propaganda that perpetuated the stereotypes associated with 'bad mothers'- these particular images of saintliness and wickedness have persisted right into the modern era. This series of intriguing case studies reveals how royal mothers were perceived by their contemporaries and explores the motivation for the ways in which they are depicted in modern popular culture. Taken together with the companion volume, Royal Mothers and their Ruling Children, this collection sheds new light on the important and challenging role of mothers within the framework of monarchy and at the epicenter of power
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 18, 2016)
Subject Queens -- Europe -- History -- Case studies
Mother and child -- Europe -- History -- Case studies
Motherhood -- Europe -- History -- Case studies
Motherhood in popular culture -- Europe -- Case studies
Social history
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Fleiner, Carey, 1965-, editor
Woodacre, Elena, editor
ISBN 9781137513151