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The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History [Hardcover]

Charles Beem
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March 16, 2006 1403972036 978-1403972033 First Edition
How were English ruling queens able to assert and maintain their authority over male dominant, patriarchal political cultures? This study combines the methodologies of gender studies and political and constitutional history to provide a sweeping historical explanation for how these women pulled off such a feat. While ruling queens occupied the office of king, they still had to conform to contemporary expectations of womanhood that served as social and political roadblocks to the full exercise of regal power. Charles Beem has identified a specific yet panoramic set of problems facing female rulers throughout British history, from the twelfth century empress Matilda's imaginative efforts to become England's first regnant queen, to Queen Victoria's remarkable exercise of political power during the Bedchamber Crisis of 1839.

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"Highly readable, engaging, and enlightening. One might even consider reading this book purely for pleasure."
--The American Historical Review
 
"This study helpfully puts the spotlight on queenship over the longue durée, providing welcome new avenues for research by transcending the boundaries of individual reigns."
--Journal of British Studies
 
"There is much to admire about this book. Beem successfully combines traditional political history with gender analysis . . . This is a worthy study of the art of kingly queenship."
--Canadian Journal of History
 
"Charles Beem has written a stimulating series of case-studies on female regnal power . . . his conceptual clarity and well-crafted review of four historiographies sheds useful light on issues of gender and power."
--Clarissa Campbell Orr, Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association
 
"Thoughtful and thorough . . . Beem admirably situtates his study both within the fields of women's studies and political history, exploring these women's reigns for what they contribute to our understanding of women's positions and the political situation of the time."
--Medieval Feminist Forum
 
"The Lioness Roared is a novel and important study of the meaning of 'kingship,' adding as much to our appreciation of the social and political constructs of gender as to our understanding of the problems specific to female rule. Other scholars have investigated individual instances of women on the throne, but none as comprehensively as Charles Beem’s treatment of the rule of British queens from Matilda to Victoria."
--Howard Nenner, Smith College
 
"Charles Beem examines the queens of England and demonstrates that Elizabeth I was not the only strong and fascinating woman to rule as consort or regnant. With many examples from the medieval period onward, this thoroughly researched and beautifully written study should find a wide and enthusiastic readership."
--Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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The Lioness Roared is a novel and important study of the meaning of ‘kingship,‘ adding as much to our appreciation of the social and political constructs of gender as to our understanding of the problems specific to female rule. Other scholars have investigated individual instances of women on the throne, but none as comprehensively as Charles Beem’s treatment of the rule of British queens from Matilda to Victoria.”--Howard Nenner, Smith College ”Charles Beem examines the queens of England and demonstrates that Elizabeth I was not the only strong and fascinating woman to rule as consort or regnant. With many examples from the medieval period onward, this thoroughly researched and beautifully written study should find a wide and enthusiastic readership.”--Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (March 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403972036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403972033
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,235,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, I am totally dedicated to fashioning a literate, thinking, critical society, and devoted to the pursuit of social justice, peace, and harmony. As a writer, I have been fascinated with British Monarchy, and the Tudor dynasty in particular, since I was a kid. My first book, The Lioness Roared (2006) examines the history of female rule in England from the twelfth to the 20th centuries. As I remain intrigued by the possibilities of looking at the 'big picture" of royal history, my second book, the edited volume, The Royal Minorities of Medieval and Early Modern England (2008) examines the history of boy kings from the 13th to the 16th centuries. I am also the co-editor (with Carole Levin) of the book series "Queenship and Power" for publishers Palgrave Macmillan, which has published my third book " The Foreign Relations of Elizabeth I (2011) and my fourth, "The Name of a Queen: William Fleetwood's Itinerarium ad Windsor (2013, co-edited with Dennis Moore). I also served as a consulting editor for the March 2011 edition of Calliope magazine, which features essays on Henry VIIII of England. I am currently working on a new monograph, Queenship in Early Modern Europe' and the edited volume, The Man Behind the Queen: The Male Consort in History. I am also currently seeking a publisher for my historical novel, "Imperatrix: A novel of the Empress Matilda, lady of the English."

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5.0 out of 5 stars A different take on Mary March 18, 2007
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This was a real eye opener for me. I had never viewed Mary from this perspective. She is often portrayed as the lesser of the two sisters; this obscures the tough position in which she found herself. I also learned a great deal about Ann, her times and her marriage. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a new take on female rulers in Great Britain, specifically, or to anyone interested in the British monarchy generally
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