The sixteenth century saw a number of prominent female rulers in Europe, including Catherine de Médici, Mary of Guise and Mary Stuart in Scotland, and Mary and Elizabeth Tudor in England. Female sovereigns in early modern Europe needed to perform a delicate balancing act whereby traditionally masculine and feminine virtues were combined in the person of the queen in order for governance to be rendered palatable for the largely traditional patriarchal society. This panel will examine the representation of female rulers in the context of this changing paradigm.
Among other topics, papers from across the disciplines may address:
Political theology and the theological implications of women monarchs
Education of female sovereigns
The Elizabethan settlement and/or memories of Elizabeth
Historical portrayals of female sovereignty versus male sovereignty
Queens regnant and queens consort
Dramatic/Literary representations of female sovereignty
Portraiture and visual culture
Exemplary female sovereigns in the chronicles
Please submit a proposal of no more than 150 words along with your name, academic affiliation, and paper title as well as a 300 word C.V. to Jane Clay at firstname.lastname@example.org and Brian C. Lockey at email@example.com by 4 June 2016.