Book Announcement, Women and Power at the French Court, 1483-1563

Editor: Susan Broomhall, University of Western Australia

Women and Power at the French Court, 1483—1563 explores the ways in which a range of women “ as consorts, regents, mistresses, factional power players, attendants at court, or as objects of courtly patronage “ wielded power in order to advance individual, familial, and factional agendas at the early sixteenth-century French court. Spring-boarding from the burgeoning scholarship of gender, the political, and power in early modern Europe, the collection provides a perspective from the French court, from the reigns of Charles VIII to Henri II, a time when the French court was a renowned center of culture and at which women played important roles. Crossdisciplinary in its perspectives, these essays by historians, art and literary scholars investigate the dynamic operations of gendered power in political acts, recognized status as queens and regents, ritualized behaviors such as gift-giving, educational coteries, and through social networking, literary and artistic patronage, female authorship, and epistolary strategies.

Contents:
Susan Broomhall, In the Orbit of the King: Women, Power and Authority at the French Court, 1483–1563

I. CONCEPTUALIZING AND PRACTISING FEMALE POWER

1. Aubrée David-Chapy The Political, Symbolic and Courtly Power of Anne de France and Louise de Savoie: From the Genesis to the Glory of Female Regency

2. Tracy Adams Anne de France and Gift-Giving: The Exercise of Power

3. Laure Fagnart and Mary Beth Winn Louise de Savoie: The King’s Mother, Alter Rex

II. CENTRES AND PERIPHERIES OF POWER

4. Erin A. Sadlack Literary Lessons in Queenship and Power: Mary Tudor Brandon and the Authority of the Ambassador-Queen

5. Kathleen Wilson-Chevalier Claude de France and the Spaces of Agency of a Marginalized Queen

6. Lisa Mansfield ‘Portraits of Eleanor of Austria: From Invisible to Inimitable French Queen Consort

III. THE POWER OF CREATIVE VOICES

7. Cynthia J. Brown Family Female Networking in Early Sixteenth-Century France: The Power of Text and Image

8. Mawy Bouchard The Power of Reputation and Skills according to Anne de Graville: The Rondeaux and the Denunciation of Slander

9. Jonathan A. Reid Imagination and Influence: The Creative Powers of Marguerite de Navarre at Work at Court and in the World

10. Pollie Bromilow Power through Print: The Works of Hélisenne de Crenne

IV. ECONOMIES OF POWER AND EMOTIONS

11. David Potter The Life and After-Life of a Royal Mistress: Anne de Pisseleu, Duchess of Etampes

12. Susan Broomhall ‘“The King and I”: Rhetorics of Power in the Letters of Diane de Poitiers’

13. Denis Crouzet Catherine de Médicis Tested by the Virtue of Charity (1533–1559): Discourse and Metadiscourse

Available from Amsterdam UP: https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789462983427/women-and-power-at-the-french-court-1483-1563

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