Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters

Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters

Distributed for Iter Press

283 pages
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9780772721723 Published October 2014
Catherine de Médicis was portrayed in her day as foreign usurper, loving queen and queen mother, patron of the arts, and Machiavellian murderer of Protestants. Leah L. Chang and Katherine Kong assemble a diverse array of scathing polemic and lofty praise, diplomatic reports, and Catherine’s own letters, which together show how one extraordinary woman’s rule intersected with early modern conceptions of gender, maternity, and power.
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