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Women and Power at the French Court, 1483-1563

Susan Broomhall (éd.)

Susan Broomhall (éd.), Women and Power at the French Court, 1483-1563, Amsterdam University Press, 2018, ISBN 9789462983427

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.

Table des matières

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

Part I Conceptualizing and Practicing Female Power

1. The Political, Symbolic, and Courtly Power of Anne de France
and Louise de Savoie. From the Genesis to the Glory of Female Regency
Aubrée David-Chapy
2. Anne de France and Gift-Giving. The Exercise of Female Power
Tracy Adams
3. Louise de Savoie. The King’s Mother, Alter Rex
Laure Fagnart and Mary Beth Winn

Part II Centers and Peripheries of Power

4. Literary Lessons in Queenship and Power. Mary Tudor Brandon and the Authority of the Ambassador-Queen
Erin A. Sadlack
5. Claude de France and the Spaces of Agency of a Marginalized
Kathleen Wilson-Chevalier
6. Portraits of Eleanor of Austria. From Invisible to Inimitable French Queen Consort
Lisa Mansfield

Part III The Power of Creative Voices

7. Family Female Networking in Early Sixteenth-Century France. The Power of Text and Image
Cynthia J. Brown
8. The Power of Reputation and Skills according to Anne de Graville. The Rondeaux and the Denunciation of Slander
Mawy Bouchard
9. Imagination and Influence
The Creative Powers of Marguerite de Navarre at Work at Court and in the World
Jonathan A. Reid
10. Power through Print. The Works of Hélisenne de Crenne
Pollie Bromilow

Part IV Economies of Power and Emotions

11. The Life and After-Life of a Royal Mistress. Anne de Pisseleu, Duchess of Étampes
David Potter
12. ‘The King and I’. Rhetorics of Power in the Letters of Diane de Poitiers
Susan Broomhall
13. Catherine de Médicis Tested by the Virtue of Charity (1533–1559). Discourse and Metadiscourse
Denis Crouzet