Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe: Potential Kings and Queens (Queenship and Power)
There were many surprising accessions in the early modernperiod, including Mary I of England, Henry III of France, AnneStuart, and others, but this is the first book dedicated solely toevaluating their lives and the repercussions of their reigns. Bycomparing a variety of such unexpected heirs, this engaging historyoffers a richer portrait of early modern monarchy. It shows thatthe need for heirs and the acquisition and preparation of heirs hada critical impact on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture andpolitics, from the appropriation of culture to the influence oflanguage, to trade and political alliances. It also shows thatsecuring a dynasty relied on more than just political agreementsand giving birth to legitimate sons, examining how relationshipsbetween women could and did forge alliances and dynasticcontinuities.