Colonization, Piracy, and Trade in Early Modern Europe: The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens (Queenship and Power)
This collection brings together essays examining theinternational influence of queens, other female rulers, and theirrepresentatives from 1450 through 1700, an era of expandingcolonial activity and sea trade. As Europe rose in prominencegeopolitically, a number of important women—such as Queen ElizabethI of England, Catherine de Medici, Caterina Cornaro of Cyprus, andIsabel Clara Eugenia of Austria—exerted influence over foreignaffairs. Traditionally male-dominated spheres such as trade,colonization, warfare, and espionage were, sometimes for the firsttime, under the control of powerful women. This interdisciplinaryvolume examines how they navigated these activities, and how theyare represented in literature. By highlighting the links betweenfemale power and foreign affairs, Colonization, Piracy, andTrade in Early Modern Europe contributes to a fullerunderstanding of early modern queenship.