This paper considers the factors which enabled women to access power via developing mechanisms for royal succession in medieval Europe and how this access was mediated through partnership with co-rulers, including consorts, sons and other co-opted family members and councilors. Finally the paper considers the relationship between the female rulers of the Middle Ages and the famous "Monstrous Regiment" in Early Modern Europe.
Copyright © 2016 Elena Woodacre
Woodacre, Elena. "Contemplating Royal Women's Access to Power and the Transition Between the Middle Ages and the "Monstrous Regiment" of the Early Modern Era." Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality
51, no. 2 (2016)
Available at: https://doi.org/10.17077/1536-8742.2039