Gender and Power in the Premodern World

Gender and Power in the Premodern World showcases cutting‐edge research into issues of gender and power across a broad temporal and geographic spectrum. It fills key lacunae in the field, broadening conversations about gender and power by addressing constructions and performances of masculinity as well as engaging with women’s roles, expanding beyond a European framework of analysis, and breaking down conventional barriers between premodern periods. It examines not only rulers and elites in positions of political or religious authority but also others who exerted power in economic, cultural, and symbolic forms.

While the series has a basis in historical and gender studies, other forms of interdisciplinary work are welcomed, as are submissions in art history, literary studies, and the history of emotions. Put simply, this series increases our understanding of the relationship between gender and power by offering a unique space between the strictures of the short article and the full-length work to explore specific figures and issues, engage in comparative studies and contribute to debates in the field. The books are typically 45‐60,000 words long and priced more affordably with Open Access options. Monographs are welcome too.

Geographical Scope


Chronological Scope

Works crossing these boundaries may be considered if appropriate to the aims of the series.


Gender, masculinities, power, authority, influence, emotions, materiality

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Titles in Production or Contracted

Charlotte E. Cooper (St Hilda’s College, Oxford), Christine de Pizan – Empowering Women through Text and Image

Cathleen Sarti (University of Mainz), Female Economic and Political Influence at Premodern Royal Courts

Jitske Jasperse (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid), Power and Material Culture in the Twelfth Century: Matilda Plantagenet’s Treasures

Jessica O’Leary (Monash University), Elite Women as Diplomatic Agents in Early Modern Italy and Hungary: The Aragonese Dynastic Network, 1470-1510

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Series Editors

Elena Woodacre

Dr. Elena (Ellie) Woodacre is a specialist in medieval and Early Modern queenship and a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Winchester. Her publications include her monograph The Queens Regnant of Navarre; Succession, Politics and Partnership (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and she has edited/co-edited several collections including, Queenship in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), The Image and Perception of Monarchy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge Scholars, 2014), Royal Mothers and their Ruling Children (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Eras (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Currently she is editing/co-editing three volumes due for publication in 2018; A Companion to Global Queenship (ARC Medieval Press), History of Monarchy (Routledge) and Premodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers (Palgrave Macmillan) as well as developing a monograph on Joan of Navarre and a short work on the historiography of queenship studies. Elena is the organizer of the ‘Kings & Queens’ conference series and the founder of the international Royal Studies Network (, a resource which aims to bring together scholars who work on monarchical topics. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal ( ), an academic, peer-reviewed, multi-lingual and fully open-access publication which was launched in 2014.

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Carole Levin

Carole Levin is Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska where she specializes in early modern English women’s and cultural history. She received her Ph.D. from Tufts University. Her books include, Shakespeare’s Foreign Worlds: National and Transnational Identities in the Elizabethan Age, co-authored with John Watkins (Cornell University Press, 2009); Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); The Reign of Elizabeth I (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002); and The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994), which was named one of the top ten academic books of the 1990s by the readers of Lingua Franca, September, 2000. She has worked on two major exhibits, “Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend” at the Newberry Library in Chicago and “To Sleep Perchance to Dream” at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. She has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities long-term fellowships. She is the past president of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, the co-founder and president of the Queen Elizabeth I Society, and is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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Simon Doubleday

Simon Doubleday received his BA in History (First Class Hons.) from Cambridge University and his PhD in History from Harvard University. His principal area of research is medieval Spanish history; he is Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. He is also President of the American Association of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (AARHMS).

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Susan Broomhall

Susan Broomhall is Professor of History at The University of Western Australia. She was a Foundation Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She became an Honorary Chief Investigator in 2014, having taken up an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship.

She is Editor of Parergon: The Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and a Series Editor of “Gender and Power in the Premodern World”, published by ARC Humanities Press.

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