Gender and Power in the Premodern World

Gender and Power in the Premodern World showcases cutting‐edge research into issues of gender and power, broadly defined, in global premodernity. The series offers a forum for innovative work examining women’s roles and agency, the construction of gender, and the performance of masculinities. The exercise of “power” is understood to encompass not only rulers and elites in positions of political or religious authority but also others—including members of subaltern groups—who exerted power in social, economic, cultural, sexual, spiritual, or symbolic contexts.

The series welcomes contributions that address premodern experiences in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, as well as Europe. While the series has a basis in historical and gender studies, other forms of interdisciplinary work are included, as are submissions in art history, literary studies, and emerging disciplines including the history of emotions.

The series features both monographs and collections of variable lengths. Short-form works are typically 45‐60,000 words long, while full length works may run between 70,000 and 110,000 words. Open Access options are also available.

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

Titles Published

Available as hardback and PDF ebook and, in some cases, as Open Access and in paperback. Click on heading above for current list.

Editorial Contact

Series Editors

Elena Woodacre

Dr Elena (Ellie) Woodacre is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History. She began her undergraduate studies in her native USA and completed her BA in Humanities with Classical Studies with the OU after she moved to the UK. She received an MA in Medieval Studies (with Merit) from the University of Reading in 2006 and shortly thereafter began her doctoral studies at Bath Spa University. Her PhD thesis was titled ‘The Queens of Navarre 1274-1512: Succession, Politics and Partnership and focussed on issues surrounding female rule, matrimonial politics and the relationship between reigning queens and consort kings’. Her recent research has investigates the female kinship network between four queens who were all first cousins at the turn of the 16th century, the life of Joan of Navarre, consort queen of England and various aspects of queenship and royal studies.

She joined the History Department at Winchester in 2012 and was until recently the Faculty Coordinator for Postgraduate Research Degrees.

Elena is the organiser of the ‘Kings & Queens’ conference series and the founder of the Royal Studies Network, a resource that aims to bring together scholars who work on monarchical topics to enable them to collaborate and share information on their research. Follow the RSN on Twitter.

She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal, an academic open-access publication launched in 2014.

Her teaching interests include issues related to gender and power, the Renaissance and the political and cultural history of Early Modern Europe, particularly France, Spain and Italy. Her area of specialism is queenship and royal studies.

In Sept. 2018, she will be presenting workshops on medieval queens aimed at children aged 7-11, as part of the Winchester Heritage Open Days. Find out more.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Senior Fellowship (SFHEA).

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Senior Fellowship (SFHEA).

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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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