Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2333
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Lehfeldt , Elizabeth A.
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  • Title: Ruling Sexuality: The Political Legitimacy of Isabel of Castile
  • Source URL: Renaissance Quarterly (Full Text via JSTOR) 53, 1 (Spring 2000): 31-56. Link Info target = '_blank'>Renaissance Quarterly (Full Text via JSTOR) 53, 1 (Spring 2000): 31-56. Link Info
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Chastity Enrique IV, King of Castile Gender Isabella I, la Catolica, Queen of Castile Mary, Virgin, Saint- Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception Monastic Enclosure Politics Power Queens Rulers Sexuality
  • Geographic Area: Iberia
  • Century: 15- 16
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  • Abstract: This article examines the gendered construction of power during the reign of Isabel of Castile (1474-1504). The construction of her political legitimacy was based on her manipulation of her gender and sexuality intended to contrast with the perceived shortcomings of her brother, Enrique IV. Enrique's critics had impugned his sexuality and attacked his inability to deliver Spain into a golden age. By aligning Isabel with sexually chaste models and emphasizing her ability to redeem Spain both because of and despite her gender, Isabel's partisans created an image that allowed her to transcend the misogynist tropes that attacked female rule. [Reproduced by permission of the Renaissance Society of America].
  • Author's Affiliation: Cleveland State University
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  • Year of Publication: 2000.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00344338
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