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HISTORY 70B- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 124 pages long!)


Department
History
Course Code
HISTORY 70B
Professor
Mc Loughlin
Study Guide
Final

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HISTORY 70B
Final EXAM
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A"lot"of"what"we"have"in"primary"sources"about"queens"not"true
Usually"queens"were"largely"absent"from"history"until"rather"recently
Def"of"queen
Part"of"royal"lineage
Connected"to"a"lot"of"people
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Usually"though,"not"in"all"cases
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Valued"as"their"ability"to"be"a"mother
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Lot"of"luck"involved"in"this
If"she"couldn't"do"this,"she"had"to"be"pretty"savvy"to"maintain"
her"position"
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This"is"part"of"why"they"weren't"really"studied:"they're"just"mothers
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We"can't"understand"kings"w/o"understanding"queens"though
But"a"lot"of"what"they"do"is"in"private"and"what"they"said
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Society"during"these"times"were"really"uncomfortable"with"the"idea"of"women"
exercising" power"but"they"were"even"more"uncomfortable"with"the"idea"that"a"
family"might"fall"out"of"power
People"accept"that"both"king"and"queen"have"power"but"they"just"give"the"
male"counterpart"a"lot"more"authority"
When"things"go"wrong,"people"tended"to"blame"the"queens
Are"Queens"Women?
As"much"as"their"lives"are"defined"by"child"rearing"and"marital"relations,"their"
lives"are"really" extraordinary"
Where"Do"Queens"fit?
Not"really"heroes"of"women"history"because"a"lot"of"what"they"do"is"attached"to"
the"men
A"lot"of"what"they"do"reflects"the"gender"expectations"of"their"societies"though
If"they"step"outside"of"their"boundaries,"then"they"either"get"in"trouble"or"
they"make"a"change
Roles:"
Introduction
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Roles:"
Birthing"children-problem"of"fertility
Sometimes"if"they"couldn't"have"kids,"it"was"seen"that"the"king"and"
queen"remained"chaste"throughout"their"marriage
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Intercession
Claimed"that"women"would"use"sexual"attractiveness"to"make"man"
make"a"bad"decision
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But"on"the"flip"side,"when"he"makes"a"good"decision,"it"was"claimed"
that"she"shared"a"good"virtue"with"him
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They"had"a"lot"of"informal"and"secret"modes"of"influence"
Democratic"societies"don't"like"this"because"there's"only"a"few"
people"who"hold"power
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This"also"makes"it"harder"for"us"to"study"things"because"there's"a"lot"
less"that"is"known"
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They"were"afraid"of"her"informal"influenceit's"all"private"and"they"
don't"know"what's"happening"
Especially"if"they"don't"like"her
That's"where"ideas"of"her"being"a"witch"or"a"sexual"
temptress"come"in
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But"if"they"like"her,"then"she's"doing"a"great"job"of"influencing"
the"king
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Challenges"of"Studying"Queens
Informal"forms"of"influence
Nature"of"sources
Weight"of"negative"discourses"and"positive"ideals
Most"vulnerable/influential"member"of"ruling"family
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