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Materiality in the Queenship of Isabeau of Bavaria

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dc.contributor.advisor Goddard, Peter
dc.contributor.advisor Ekholst, Christine Duong, Yen M. 2014-04-23T15:11:23Z 2014-04-23T15:11:23Z 2014-04 2014-04-17 2014-04-23
dc.description.abstract This thesis revisits the origins of Isabeau of Bavaria’s notorious reputation – her ‘Black Legend’. Among medievalists, the commonly held opinion regarding Isabeau, Queen Consort of France (1385-1422), is that she was the scorn of contemporary writers. She is charged with a lengthy inventory of sins including profligacy, adultery and treason, among a myriad of other offences. However, by assessing the works of contemporary chroniclers and evaluating the material culture of Isabeau’s court, I propose that the foundation of her ‘Black Legend’ is linked to the problem of greed, over spending and taxation at her court – the only valid charges against the queen. Accordingly, research reveals that Isabeau navigated her queenship by performing expected gender ideology. By actively crafting her iconography modeled after the Virgin Mary using extra-literary devices and through conspicuous consumption, Isabeau was able to compensate for France’s lack of political stability and, ultimately, operated as a regnant queen due to the mental disability of Charles VI. en_US
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dc.subject queenship en_US
dc.subject Isabeau de Baviere en_US
dc.subject Isabeau of Bavaria en_US
dc.subject Late-Medieval France en_US
dc.subject Gender performance en_US
dc.subject fifteenth-century France en_US
dc.subject material culture studies en_US
dc.subject iconography en_US
dc.title Materiality in the Queenship of Isabeau of Bavaria en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US History en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of History en_US
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