Making the Renaissance in Europe

Maureen Quilligan, Bath England

My book, When Women Ruled the World: Making the Renaissance in Europe, was published last fall. Because there is so much more that I wanted to show about the rule of the four queens upon whom I focus in the book, I decided to provide a site on which I hope to add more detail about their sisterly attempts to make peace among their kingdoms, while men continued to counsel war. But perhaps most of all l hope I can display for my readers the exquisite colors of the artworks I discuss as evidence of the queens’ attempts to collaborate with each other. The black and white images of the artworks in the book while quite explanatory, cannot reveal the scintillating detail of the paintings and tapestries. These artworks celebrate in ways we have not always appreciated the Queens’ mutually supporting and collective efforts to preserve their inherited powers as sovereign monarchs.

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