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Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France$
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Kathleen Wellman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178852

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178852.001.0001

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Queens and Mistresses of Renaissance France
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Kathleen Wellman

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300178852.003.0009

This book sees it fit to end the history of the Renaissance—as told here through the lives of some of its most prominent queens and mistresses—with the death of Gabrielle d'Estrees. The year of Gabrielle's death coincided with the inauguration of a new period in French history, with much stronger state control of politics, economics, and culture, and with less openness to politically active women; although, as in all times, there were notable exceptions. Gabrielle's death marked the end of the immediate possibility of a mistress becoming queen of France. Obvious comparisons between Agnes and Gabrielle, the mistresses who begin and end this history, respectively, are also presented and analyzed here. The women profiled here belong to the political, social, and cultural history of the French Renaissance, and undertook important political and cultural activities during the period, making them more central to the unfolding of French history than one might expect or than most histories of the period acknowledge.

Keywords:   queens, mistresses, Gabrielle d'Estrees, French Renaissance

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