A Ruler’s Consort in Early Modern Germany: Aemilia Juliana by Judith P. Aikin

By Judith P. Aikin

The other halves of rulers in early smooth Europe did excess of offer heirs for his or her principalities and adornment for his or her courts. during this research, Judith Aikin examines the quite well-documented activities of 1 such girl, Aemilia Juliana of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1637-1706), on the way to extend our knowing of the position of ruler’s consort within the small principalities attribute of Germany in this interval. Aikin explores a variety of writings by means of her topic, together with casual letters to a different girl, thousands of devotional music texts, manuscript books either devotional and functional, and released pamphlets and books. additionally very important for this examine are the performs, work, and musical works that embellished the courtroom less than Aemilia Juliana’s patronage; the books, poems, and sermons released in her honor; and the big memorial quantity published and allotted quickly after her demise. This fabric, whilst coupled with the extra scanty checklist in professional files, finds the character and scope of Aemilia Juliana’s position as complete accomplice within the ruling couple. one of the most crucial findings in keeping with this facts are these regarding Aemilia Juliana’s advocacy for girls of all social periods via her authorship and courses, her help for the schooling of ladies, her efforts to ameliorate the phobia and pain of pregnant and birthing girls, and her contributions to lady help networks. In reading the occupation of a consort whose a number of actions are so good documented, this learn is helping to fill within the blanks within the documentary list of various consorts throughout early smooth Europe, and serves as a version for destiny learn on different consorts at different courts.

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