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Author Casteen, Elizabeth, 1979- author

Title From She-Wolf to Martyr : the reign and disputed reputation of Johanna I of Naples / Elizabeth Casteen
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2015
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Contents The murder of Andrew of Hungary and the making of a Neapolitan she-wolf -- From she-wolf to radiant queen : the reign of Louis of Taranto and the rehabilitation of Johanna of Naples -- A most loving daughter : filial piety and the apogee of Johanna's reign -- An especially good friend to saints : friendship, politics, and the performance of sovereignty -- The schism of the western church and the division of Johanna of Naples
Summary "In 1343 a seventeen-year-old girl named Johanna (1326-1382) ascended the Neapolitan throne, becoming the ruling monarch of one of medieval Europe's most important polities. For nearly forty years, she held her throne and the avid attention of her contemporaries. Their varied responses to her reign created a reputation that made Johanna the most notorious woman in Europe during her lifetime. In 'From she-wolf to martyr,' Elizabeth Casteen examines Johanna's evolving, problematic reputation and uses it as a lens through which to analyze often-contradictory late-medieval conceptions of rulership, authority, and femininity. ... Drawing on a wide range of textual and visual sources, Casteen reconstructs the fourteenth-century conversation about Johanna and tracks the role she played in her time's cultural imaginary. She argues that despite Johanna's modern reputation for indolence and incompetence, she crafted a new model of female sovereignty that many of her contemporaries accepted and even lauded."--Dust jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-286) and index
Subject Joanna I, Queen of Naples, -1382.
Queens -- Italy -- Naples (Kingdom) -- Biography.
Naples (Kingdom) -- History -- Johanna I, 1343-1382
Genre/Form Biography.
History.
Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0801453860
1501701002
9780801453861 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781501701009