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Elite Power and Queenship

Seminar and Essay Questions


Essential Reading

Hurlburt, Holly, 'Women and Power' in The Cultural History of Women: Vol. 3, The Renaissance, ed. Karen Raber, (Berg Press, 2013), pp.163-82. (to be scanned)

Recommended Reading



Further Reading

Davis, N. Z., 'Women in Politics' in Davis and A. Farge (eds.), A History of Women: Renaissance and Enlightenment Paradoxes (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993)

Gundersheimer, W., 'Women, Learning and Power: Eleonora of Aragon and the Court of Ferrara' in P. Labalme (ed.), Beyond their Sex: Learned Women of the European Past (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), pp.4365.

Hairston, J., 'Skirting the Issue: Machiavelli’s Caterina Sforza' Renaissance Quarterly 53 (2000), pp. 687709.

Herlihy, D., 'Society, Court and Culture in Sixteenth‐Century Mantua' in Women, Family and Society in Medieval Europe (Providence: Berghahn Books, 1995), pp. 27995

Hughes, D. O., 'Invisible Madonnas? The Italian Historiographical Tradition and the Women of Medieval Italy' in S. Stuard (ed.), Medieval Women in History and Historiography (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987), pp.25– 57.

Hurlburt, Holly, 'A Renaissance for Renaissance Women?' Journal of Women’s History 19: (2007), pp.193-201.

Hurlburt, Holly, 'Women, Gender and Rulership in Italy' History Compass 4:3 (2006), pp. 528-535.

Panizza, L. (ed.), Women in Italian Renaissance Culture and Society (Oxford: Legenda Press, 2000)

Tomas, N., The Medici Women: Gender and Power in Renaissance Florence (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2003)

Elizabeth Woodville