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Book Publication Announcement. Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman: Mariana of Austria and the Government of Spain

Dear Colleagues:

It’s my pleasure to announce the publication of the book Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman: Mariana of Austria and the Government of Spain.
From the publisher:

Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman is an in-depth study of Mariana of Austria’s ten-year regency (1665–1675) of the global Spanish Empire and her subsequent role as queen mother. In Silvia Z. Mitchell’s revisionist account, Mariana emerges as a towering figure at court and on the international stage, and her key collaborators—the secretaries, ministers, and diplomats who have previously been ignored or undervalued—take their rightful place in history.

When Philip IV of Spain died in 1665, his heir, Carlos II, was three. As the threat of dynastic crisis loomed, decades of enormous military commitments had left Spain a virtually bankrupt state with vulnerable frontiers and a depleted army. Drawing from previously unmined primary sources, including Council of State deliberations, diplomatic correspondence, Mariana’s and Carlos’s letters, royal household papers, manuscripts, and legal documents, Mitchell describes how Mariana led the monarchy out of danger and helped redefine the military and diplomatic blocs of Europe in Spain’s favor. She follows Mariana’s exile from court and recounts how the dowager queen subsequently used her extensive connections and diplomatic experience to move the negotiations for her son’s marriage forward, effectively exploiting the process to regain her position.

A new narrative of the Spanish Habsburg monarchy in the later seventeenth century, this volume advances our knowledge of women’s legitimate political entitlement in the early modern period. It will be welcomed by scholars and students of queenship, women’s studies, and early modern Spain.

You can find Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman on the Penn State University Press web site at this URL:
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Be sure to ask for it at your local library and bookstore!

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