May 6, 2013
Earenfight has just published Queenship
in Medieval Europe (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). In her book, she documents the
lives and works of queens and empresses across Europe, Byzantium, and the
Mediterranean in the Middle Ages.
“Medieval queens led richly complex
lives and were highly visible women active in a man's world. Linked to kings by
marriage, family, and property, queens were vital to the institution of
monarchy,” Earenfight said.
Her book highlights four crucial moments
across the full span of the Middle Ages – ca. 300, 700, 1100, and 1350 – when
Christianity, education, lineage, and marriage law fundamentally altered the
practice of queenship. She also examines theories and practices of queenship in
the context of wider issues of gender, authority, and power.
received her Ph.D. from Fordham University and joined the faculty in the College
of Arts and Sciences in 1998. She is known internationally for her
scholarship on medieval Europe and gender issues. In addition to many articles,
she is the author of The King's Other Body:
Maria of Castile and the Crown of Aragon (University of Pennsylvania Press,
2009) and edited Women
and Wealth in Late Medieval Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Queenship
and Political Power in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (Ashgate, 2005).
Earenfight has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including a
Fulbright fellowship to Spain and grants from the National Endowment for the
Humanities, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and the Society for the Study of
Early Modern Women. She was awarded the Theiline
Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities for 2013-15 by Seattle University
President Stephen Sundborg, SJ. The award recognizes her outstanding teaching
and scholarship in a basic humanities discipline in the College of Arts and
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University,
offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 master’s degrees.
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