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 sleek Europe did way over offer heirs for his or her principalities and adornment for his or her courts. during this examine, Judith Aikin examines the tremendously well-documented activities of 1 such girl, Aemilia Juliana of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1637-1706), with a purpose to extend our realizing of the function of ruler’s consort within the small principalities attribute of Germany in this interval. Aikin explores quite a lot of writings through her topic, together with casual letters to a different girl, 1000s of devotional tune texts, manuscript books either devotional and sensible, and released pamphlets and books. additionally vital for this research 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 large memorial quantity published and allotted quickly after her loss of life. This fabric, whilst coupled with the extra scanty checklist in authentic records, finds the character and scope of Aemilia Juliana’s function as complete companion within the ruling couple. one of the most crucial findings in accordance with this facts are these relating to Aemilia Juliana’s advocacy for ladies of all social sessions via her authorship and guides, her aid for the schooling of women, her efforts to ameliorate the phobia and discomfort of pregnant and birthing ladies, and her contributions to lady aid networks. In interpreting the profession of a consort whose quite a few 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 study on different consorts at different courts.

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