Queens of France: the Valois

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Queens of France: the Valois

<p>The Valois ruled France from 1328 – 1589 when the last of Philippe IV’s sons died without a male heir. Their queens were chosen for their religious or political advantages and of course, for their

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The Valois ruled France from 1328 – 1589 when the last of Philippe IV’s sons died without a male heir. Their queens were chosen for their religious or political advantages and of course, for their ability to produce a male heir and some spares! Many Valois Queens proved to be capable regents when their husbands were away fighting, such as Joan of Burgundy. Others were called upon to suffer the indignity of the King’s mistress, such as Marie of Anjou. Others were proficient in extracting the ultimate revenge on those who had wronged them.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Duc de Castries, The Lives of the Kings and Queens of France, (1979)
  • Kathleen Nolan, Capetian Women
  • Hallam, Elizabeth M. and Judith Everard, Capetian France 987 – 1328, (2001).
  • George Duby, France in the Middle Ages 987–1460: From Hugh Capet to Joan of Arc, (1993)
  • Kathleen Wellman, Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France
  • Catherine Bearne, Lives and Times of the Early Valois Queens
  • Barbara Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century, (1997)
  • Tracey Adams, The Life and Afterlife of Isabeau of Bavaria, (2010)
  • Knecht, R. J., Catherine de' Medici, (1998)
  • Princess Michael of Kent, The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King, (2005)
  • Fraser, Antonia, Mary Queen of Scots, (1994)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The Early Valois Queens: Joan of Burgundy. Blanche de Navarre. Joan d’Auvergne.
  • Queens in Time of War: Isabeau of Bavaria. Marie of Anjou. Anne of Brittany.
  • Renaissance Queens and Mistresses: Claude of France and Anne Pisseleu. Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers.
  • The Scottish Queen: Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • More Renaissance Queens and Mistresses: Marguerite de Valois, Marie de Medici and Gabrielle d’Estrees.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students will be above to:

  1. Identify the political and territorial aspirations that led to the marriage alliances of the Valois Queens Consort.
  2. Gain insights into the gender roles and expectations of a medieval queen.
  3. Develop an understanding of the social and religious boundaries of the later Middle Ages and Early Modern Period and the impact upon royal marriages.