Women and Economic Power in Premodern Royal Courts
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Women and Economic Power in Premodern Royal Courts
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€ 68,99
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9781641892735
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108
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English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Introduction: Women and Economic Power at Premodern Royal Courts, Cathleen Sarti
The Medieval English Queen as Landholder: Some Reflections on Sources and Methodology, Michele Seah and Katia Wright
Financial Power of Empresses and Princesses of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlotte Backerra and Cathérine Ludwig-Ockenfels
"Edward III's Gold Digging Mistress": Alice Perrers, Gender and Financial Power at the English Royal Court, 1360-1377, Laura Tompkins
Counselling the Danish King: Sigbrit Villoms as Financial Mastermind for Christian II, 1513-1523, Cathleen Sarti
Afterword: "Power is Money"? Reflections on Money, Power, Sex and Gender in Premodern Royal Courts, Elena Woodacre
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"[This book] is a testament to the intriguing and valuable research being undertaken in premodern history, and in particular, of royal studies at present, and a fine example of diligent scholarship on the part of its contributors. The book’s content is stimulating and thought-provoking and bodes well not only for the accompanying titles of the Gender and Power in the Premodern World series, but also for the future of research in the field. Well worth a read."
- Cassandra Schilling, Flinders University, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association (2022)

"What is remarkable about the volume is that despite being absent from historical records and subjected to patriarchal prejudice, the women studied here made themselves known through economic power. [...] The fascinating and well-researched articles in Women and Economic Power in Premodern Royal Courts present a clear picture of women's considerable economic skills in premodern royal courts. Kings, it would seem, were often more reliant on their queens and mistresses for financial advice than has been previously considered."
- Frank Swannack, Parergon vol. 38 no. 2, (2021)

Cathleen Sarti

Women and Economic Power in Premodern Royal Courts

Premodern kings and queens had splendid courts to show their God-given power. But where did the money for these come from? Following the money trail back often leads to unexpectedly savvy women who knew how to deal with money, and how to manage huge estates, treasuries, or accounts. This volume focuses on the economic and financial dimensions of the premodern royal court, and especially on the women using money as an instrument of power. Methodological and theoretical reflections on an economic history of royal courts frame case studies from medieval England to early modern Denmark and the Holy Roman Empire. Empresses and queens, but also mistresses and favourites are discussed, including considerations of their spheres of influence, their financial strategies and means, and their successes and failures.
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Cathleen Sarti

Cathleen Sarti teaches Early Modern History at the University of Mainz. She publishes about political culture in Northern Europe.