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Book Announcement, Sartorial Politics in Early Modern Europe, edited by Erin Griffey

Title/Subtitle: Sartorial Politics in Early Modern Europe: Fashioning Women
Volume editor: Erin Griffey, University of Auckland
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Series: Visual & Material Culture, 1300-1700

For women at the early modern courts, clothing and jewellery were essential elements in their political arsenal, enabling them to signal their dynastic value, to promote loyalty to their marital court and to advance political agendas. This is the first collection of essays to examine how elite women in early modern Europe marshalled clothing and jewellery for political ends. With essays encompassing women who traversed courts in Denmark, England, France, Germany, Habsburg Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, the contributions cover a broad range of elite women from different courts and religious backgrounds as well as varying noble ranks.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors

Erin Griffey

Ch 1 – Isabella d’Este’s Sartorial Politics
Sarah Cockram

Ch 2 – Dressing Women at the Sixteenth-Century French Court
Isabelle Paresys

Ch 3 – Dressing the Bride: Weddings and Fashion Practices at German Princely Courts in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century
Kirsten Frieling

Ch 4 – Lustrous Virtue: Eleanor of Austria’s Jewels and Gems Composite Cultural Identity and Affective Maternal Agency
Lisa Mansfield

Ch 5 – Queen Elizabeth: ‘studded with costly jewellery’
Susan Vincent

Ch 6 – A ‘Cipher of A and C set on the one Syde with diamonds’: Anna of Denmark and Jewellery for Dynastic Display
Jemma Field

Ch 7 – ‘She bears a duke’s revenues on her back’: Fashioning Shakespeare’s Women at Court
Robert I. Lublin

Ch 8 – How to Dress a Female King: Manifestations of Gender and Power in the Wardrobe of Christina of Sweden
Julia Holm

Ch 9 – Clothes Make the Queen: The Clothing of Mariana of Austria, from Archduchess to Consort
Laura Oliván Santaliestra

Ch 10 – ‘The best of Queens, the most obedient wife’: Fashioning a place for Catherine of Braganza as consort to Charles II
Maria Hayward

Ch 11 – Chinz, China and Chocolate: The Politics of Fashion at Charles II’s Court
Juliet Claxton and Evelyn Welch
Ch 12 – Henrietta Maria and the Politics of Widows’ Dress at the Early Modern Court
Erin Griffey

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