Dynastic Change: Legitimacy and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy examines the strategies for change and legitimacy in monarchies in the medieval and early modern eras.

Taking a broadly comparative approach, Dynastic Change explores the mechanisms employed as well as theoretical and practical approaches to monarchical legitimisation. The book answers the question of how monarchical families reacted, adjusted or strategised when faced with dynastic crises of various kinds, such as a lack of a male heir or unfitness of a reigning monarch for rule, through the consideration of such themes as the role of royal women, the uses of the arts for representational and propaganda purposes and the impact of religion or popular will. Broad in both chronological and geographical scope, chapters discuss examples from the 9th to the 18th centuries across such places as Morocco, Byzantium, Portugal, Russia and Western Europe, showing readers how cultural, religious and political differences across countries and time periods affected dynastic relations.

Bringing together gender, monarchy and dynasticism, the book highlights parallels across time and place, encouraging a new approach to monarchy studies. It is the perfect collection for students and researchers of medieval and early modern monarchy and gender.

chapter |17 pages


ByAna Maria S. A. Rodrigues, Manuela Santos Silva, Jonathan Spangler

part I|140 pages

Dynastic change

chapter 1|22 pages

“The very next blood of the King”

The rules governing female succession to the throne in English history
ByLynsey Wood

chapter 2|26 pages

Portugal, 1385

A people’s choice or coup d’état?
ByIsabel de Pina Baleiras

chapter 3|17 pages

From Election to Consolidation

The strategies of legitimacy of the Trastámara dynasty in the Crown of Aragon
ByLledó Ruiz Domingo

chapter 4|17 pages

Sigismund of Sweden as foreigner in his own kingdom

How the king of Sweden was made an alien
ByCathleen Sarti

chapter 5|20 pages

Free Election, Divine Providence, and Constitution

Legitimacy of royal power in the early modern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
ByJolanta Choińska-Mika, Katarzyna Kuras

chapter 6|18 pages

Legitimacy through Family Traditions?

The Hanoverians represented as successors to the throne of Great Britain
ByCharlotte Backerra

part II|116 pages

Legitimising royal authority

chapter 8|9 pages

Purple Dreams of the Macedonian Dynasty of Byzantium in Manuscript Illuminations

Legitimising the usurping emperor, Basil I (867–86)
ByAlexandra Karagianni

chapter 9|17 pages

“King by Fact, Not by Law”

Legitimacy and exequies in medieval England 1
ByAnna M. Duch

chapter 11|17 pages

Consolidating Authority in Seventeenth-Century Morocco

Sultan Moulay Ismail’s strategies for legitimacy
ByFatima Rhorchi

chapter 12|16 pages

Dominae imperiales

Ottonian women and dynastic stability, strength, and legitimacy in tenth-century Germany
ByPenelope Nash

chapter 13|17 pages

Legitimacy Represented through Court Entertainment

La estatua de Prometeo and the power struggle between Queen Regent Mariana and Don Juan José of Austria
ByCaitlin Brady Carter

chapter 14|20 pages

Catherine the Great

How the question of legitimacy influenced her politics
ByElena Teibenbacher