Acknowledging a wealth of scholarship on global queenship

By Elena ‘Ellie’ Woodacre

In my last blog post for Team Queens “Going Global: New Directions in Queenship Studies”, I talked about how important it was for us as a field to reframe queenship in a fully global context, inclusive of all periods, places and cultures. While this is a fairly new trajectory for queenship as a field, it is important to acknowledge that there is already some fantastic scholarship on royal women, from ancient Mesopotamia to the ongoing modern controversies on female succession in Japan.

In the course of working on Queens and Queenship, a short form monograph which looks at queenship in a fully global, longue durée sense, I encountered some of this incredibly valuable research which we can leverage to increase our understanding of the role of women in monarchical history and the present day. However, as this monograph is a short-form work, the series guidelines had limitations on the number of citations in the notes and bibliography in order for the book to remain affordable and accessible. While I complied with the series guidelines for the published version, I wanted to acknowledge the full range of excellent research which informed my own understanding and writing, to give thanks and credit to these authors. I thought that the Team Queens website was the ideal place to post this full list of works cited for the book as it is already a great repository for information on royal women across the ages and around the world, hopefully this addition will make Team Queens an even more valuable resource for queenship studies!

This is effectively the full list of works cited in my original draft of the book, before I began the process of cutting down the number of citations to fit the series parameters. This is not a full research bibliography, but it does acknowledge all the scholarship that would have been cited to give full credit to these authors’ work and to hopefully be a useful list of scholarship on global queenship for other students and scholars to use. At the end of Queens and Queenship there is a short annotated list for further reading which crosses over with this list of works cited but gives a bit more context about the contents of a few key works which I felt were particularly ‘go to’ pieces and wanted to recommend.

If you are interested in reading Queens and Queenship, it is available to order now, through the publisher’s website and from all major booksellers. I hope that you enjoy reading the book and that it will spark more much needed scholarship on global queenship!

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