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Blanche of Castile, Queen of France

by Lindy Grant

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Blanche of Castile was first queen, then queen regent, of France in the early thirteenth century. Her acts as a politician and a patron have largely been overlooked by historians, but Lindy Grant provides a remarkable rebuttal to that in this book, the first full-length biography of Blanche since the 1890s. Grant reassesses the sources to do with Blanche's life in light of recent developments in medieval feminist historiography and studies of power and authority in the Middle Ages. This allows Grant to write a biography which is avowedly a political one, and makes a powerful and well-written case for the centrality of Blanche to our understanding of the changing nature of Capetian image and authority in the thirteenth century. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in medieval or women's history. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300219261, Hardcover)

This is the first modern scholarly biography of Blanche of Castile, whose identity has until now been subsumed in that of her son, the saintly Louis IX. A central figure in the politics of medieval Europe, Blanche was a sophisticated patron of religion and culture. Through Lindy Grant’s engaging account, based on a close analysis of Blanche’s household accounts and of the social and religious networks on which her power and agency depended, Blanche is revealed as a vibrant and intellectually questioning personality.

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