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Description - Last Medieval Queens by J. L. Laynesmith

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199247370
ISBN-10: 0199247374
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 21mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 12-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - J. L. Laynesmith

J. L. Laynesmith received her doctorate from the University of York and has taught medieval history at the universities of York, Oxford, Reading, and Huddersfield.

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