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What do the physical characteristics of the books acquired by elite women in the late medieval and early modern periods tell us about their owners, and what in particular can their illustrationsespecially their illustrations of womenreveal? Centered on Anne, duchess of Brittany and twice queen of France, with reference to her contemporaries and successors, The Queen's Library examines the cultural issues surrounding female modes of empowerment and book production. The book aims to uncover the harmonies and conflicts that surfaced in male-authored, male-illustrated works for and about women.In her interdisciplinary investigation of the cultural and political legacy of Anne of Brittany and her female contemporaries, Cynthia J. Brown argues that the verbal and visual imagery used to represent these women of influence was necessarily complex because of its inherently conflicting portrayal of power and subordination. She contends that it can be understood fully only by drawing on the intersection of pertinent literary, historical, codicological, and art historical sources. In The Queen's Library, Brown examines depictions of women of power in five spheres that tellingly expose this tension: rituals of urban and royal reception, the politics of female personification allegories, the ",famous-women", topos, women in mourning, and women mourned.


By Cynthia J. Brown


List of Illustrations

Chapter One. Rituals of Entry: Women and Books in Performance
Chapter Two. Female Patronage and the Politics of Personification Allegory
Chapter Three. Women Famous and Infamous: Court Controversies About Female Virtues
Chapter Four. Famous Women in Mourning: Trials and Tribulations
Chapter Five. Women Mourned

Appendix. Manuscript and Printed Books Associated with Anne of Brittany
List of Abbreviations


Titel: Queen's Library
Untertitel: Image-Making at the Court of Anne of Brittany, 1477-1514
EAN: 9780812204902
ISBN: 978-0-8122-0490-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: University Of Pennsylvania Press
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 416
Veröffentlichung: 06.06.2011
Jahr: 2011
Untertitel: Englisch