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
illustrations-especially their illustrations of women-reveal?
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
Subjects: Language & Literature
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