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Premodern Queenship and Diplomacy in Europe

September 11, 2014 - September 13, 2014
Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University

Powell Building
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road CT1 1QA
United Kingdom


  • Lancaster University
  • Women's History Network
  • Society for Renaissance Studies
  • Society for Court Studies
  • Canterbury Christ Church University

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This conference organised by Canterbury Christ Church University and Lancaster University seeks to raise important questions about the role that premodern queens played in diplomatic relations throughout Europe. Traditionally, female involvement in diplomacy has focused upon the role of queens consort as pawns within marriage alliances and military treaties, or the foreign policy agenda of queens regnant. However, queens in the medieval and early modern period were central to developing international relations; promoting certain policies and people; and balancing the intricacies of European politics. These women could act not only independently of male influence, but also on behalf of their own personal dynastic interests, placing them sometimes at odds with their marital allegiance. This conference builds upon recent interest in diplomacy and elite women’s involvement in policy-making and politics to show that diplomacy was not a male-dominated area controlled by the monarch alone.


Jackie Eales, Canterbury Christ Church University

Alison Findlay, Lancaster University

Sue Johns, Bangor University

Glenn Richardson, St Mary's University, Twickenham


Early Modern Dance Workshop provided by Anne Daye, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

The Massacre at Paris, by Christopher Marlowe (1593) Workshop by Steve Orman, Canterbury Christ Church

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Liz Oakley-Brown, Lancaster University

Louise Wilkinson, Canterbury Christ Church University

 Sara Wolfson, Canterbury Christ Church University

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August 29, 2014, 11:45pm BST

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