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European Representations of Female Sovereignty

Posted By Jane Clay, Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 27, 2016

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

Parodic representations

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 and Brian C. Lockey at by 4 June 2016.


Tags:  early modern drama  female sovereignty  material culture  political theology  politics  queenship  representation  sovereignty 

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