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She is But A Woman
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ISBN:
9780859766562
Categories
History
Imprint
John Donald
Publication Date
14 March 2006
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
304
Age Range
15th Century
Illustrations
8pp b/w plates, maps

She is But A Woman

Queenship in Scotland 1424–1463
by Fiona Downie - Find out more about the author

She is but a Woman, the first in-depth study of medieval Scottish queens, investigates the relationship between gender and power in the fifteenth-century Scottish court. Fiona Downie explores the art of queenship as practiced by Joan Beaufort (d. 1445) and Mary of Guelders (1433-1463), queens of James I and James II. Their arrivals in Scotland, their social and political roles, their relationships with their husbands and families and their roles within international diplomacy are examined in detail here for the first time.

The reigns and experiences of Joan Beaufort and Mary of Guelders demonstrate the importance of royal marriage as an instrument of medieval politics and diplomacy. She is but a Woman situates Scottish royal marital alliances within the context of the European marriage market and provides a new perspective on Scotland’s political, social and cultural links with Europe in the fifteenth century.