The Identities of Catherine de' Medici


Author: Susan Broomhall
In The Identities of Catherine de' Medici, Susan Broomhall provides an innovative analysis of the representational strategies that constructed Catherine de’ Medici and sought to explain her behaviour and motivations. Through her detailed exploration of the identities that the queen, her allies, supporters, and clients sought to project, and how contemporaries responded to them, Broomhall establishes a new vision of this important sixteenth-century protagonist, a clearer understanding of the dialogic and dynamic nature of identity construction and reception, and its consequences for Catherine de' Medici’s legacy, memory, and historiography.

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Susan Broomhall is Professor and Director of the Gender and Women's History Research Centre at the Australian Catholic University. She has published more than twenty monographs and edited collections on women and gender in the early modern world.
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 1 Scholarly Contexts
 2 Sources
 3 Book Structure

1 Heir: The Medici Legacy
 1 Caterina Maria, Child Bride of the Medici
 2 Feelings for the Medici
 3 Liberality and Dissimulation: Catherine’s ‘Medici’ Emotions
 4 Asserting Rights to Medici Financial Inheritance
 5 Conclusions

2 Partner: The King’s Representative
 1 Intimacy with the King
 2 Representing a King
 3 Henri’s Everlasting Partner
 4 Conclusions

3 Mother: Raising Son-Kings
 1 Ventriloquising the Father
 2 Bonds of Devotion
 3 A Life of Sacrifice
 4 Conclusions

4 Friend and Ally: Nurturing Daughter-Queens
 1 Intimacy and the Confessions of a Mother
 2 Consorts as Daughters of France
 3 Allies of the Family
 4 A Daughter’s Hopes of a Mother
 5 Conclusions

5 Chief Mourner of the Valois: The Exclusivity of Intimacy
 1 Mourning as a Solitary Affliction I: The Widowed Partner of Henri
 2 Mourning as a Solitary Affliction II: The Mother of Deceased Children
 3 Mourning as Motivating Action
 4 Keeper of Memory
 5 Conclusions

6 Carer: Production and Investment as Protection of France
 1 Countess of Clermont
 2 A Demonstrable Practice of Care
 3 The Pride of France
 4 A Charitable Labour of Love
 5 Protection, Investment, and Development of France
 6 Conclusions: Who Cares?

7 Murderer: Histories of Violent Emotions
 1 The Violence of Emotions
 2 Narrating Catherine’s Emotions
 3 Conclusions: Speaking for the Queen

8 Spiritual Sister: The Community of Le Murate
 1 Enclosure: A Hostage of the Florentine Government
 2 Providers of Reciprocal Assistance
 3 Community and Memory
 4 Conclusions

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All interested in the history of women and gender, emotions, power and queenship in the early modern world as well as the history of France. Keywords: women, gender, queenship, regency, power, France, reception, emotions, sixteenth century, Renaissance, early modern.