Gender and Regency in Early Modern France
By (author) Katherine Crawford
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Perilous Performances by Katherine Crawford
Book DescriptionIn a book addressing those interested in the transformation of monarchy into the modern state and in intersections of gender and political power, Katherine Crawford examines the roles of female regents in early modern France.The reigns of child kings loosened the normative structure in which adult males headed the body politic, setting the stage for innovative claims to authority made on gendered terms. When assuming the regency, Catherine de Medicis presented herself as dutiful mother, devoted widow, and benign peacemaker, masking her political power. In subsequent regencies, Marie de Medicis and Anne of Austria developed strategies that naturalized a regendering of political structures. They succeeded so thoroughly that Philippe d'Orleans found that this rhetoric at first supported but ultimately undermined his authority. Regencies demonstrated that power did not necessarily work from the places, bodies, or genders in which it was presumed to reside.While broadening the terms of monarchy, regencies involving complex negotiations among child kings, queen mothers, and royal uncles made clear that the state continued regardless of the king--a point not lost on the Revolutionaries or irrelevant to the fate of Marie-Antoinette.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674015418
(235mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Katherine Crawford
Sexual Culture of the French Renaissance, Paperback (April 2010)
An examination of how Renaissance textual practices and new forms of knowledge transformed notions of sex and sexuality in France.
European Sexualities, 1400-1800, Paperback (January 2007)» View all books by Katherine Crawford
A pioneering survey of the social and cultural history of sexuality in early modern Europe.
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Author Biography - Katherine Crawford
Katherine Crawford is Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.
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