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The life and afterlife of Isabeau of Bavaria

Author: Tracy Adams
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Series: Rethinking theory (Baltimore, Md.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""Tracy Adams has done an excellent job of showing how Isabeau of Bavaria's evil reputation is a myth for which there is no substantial evidence. This work refashions our understanding of Isabeau's place in the struggle between the Armagnacs and Burundians and throws light on the circumstances out of which Christine de Pizan's works emerged."--Karen Green, Monash University" "The fascinating history of Isabeau of
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Isabella, Queen consort of Charles VI King of France; Isabella, Queen consort of Charles VI King of France; Charles, King of France; Charles, King of France; Isabella, Queen consort of Charles VI King of France
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tracy Adams
ISBN: 9780801896255 0801896258
OCLC Number: 463855574
Description: xxvi, 338 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Isabeau of Bavaria : her life --
Isabeau of Bavaria : her afterlife --
Isabeau mediatrix : defining the mediator queen --
Isabeau's contemporary reputation --
Isabeau of Bavaria and the cour amoureuse --
Reinterpreting the enlèvement du dauphin --
Revisiting the Treaty of Troyes --
Wife, mother, friend.
Series Title: Rethinking theory (Baltimore, Md.)
Responsibility: Tracy Adams.

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Taking issue with history's harsh treatment of a woman who ruled under difficult circumstances, Adams convincingly recasts Isabeau as a respected and competent queen.  Read more...

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This is a fascinating reassessment of medieval French history. * Past In Review * Adams's technically proficient work warrants a place in a series devoted to rethinking theoretical models and Read more...

 
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