Methods of Queenship in Matrimonial Diplomacy: Fifteenth Century Scottish Royal Women

  • Meredith Comba

Abstract

Fifteenth century Scotland relied upon matrimonial diplomacy to create ties with mainland Europe and further solidify their alliances with the French and Burgundian courts. Studies of matrimonial diplomacy often solely focus on the political lead-up to the marital alliances, rather on the fates of the individual women who were thrust into foreign courts to sink or swim. Focusing on six key examples of Scottish royal women of the fifteenth century in comparison with the feminine ideals of Christine de Pizan’s The Treasure of the City of the Ladies and the popular memory of St. Margaret, this paper attempts to address how the Scottish royal women of the fifteenth century worked within societal expectations to solidify their powerbase and create a role for themselves at court. 

Published
2014-05-12
How to Cite
Comba, M. (2014). Methods of Queenship in Matrimonial Diplomacy: Fifteenth Century Scottish Royal Women. Constellations, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.29173/cons22030
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