Remembering Rulers: Reputation, Reinterpretation, and Reincarnation

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Call for Papers
October 12, 2016 to February 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, European History / Studies, French History / Studies, Humanities

We are seeking essay proposals for an edited volume focused on memory and the creation of posthumous reputations of medieval and early modern rulers. The collection will be submitted to Palgrave Macmillan to be part of both the Handbook series and the Queenship and Power series (edited by Charles Beem and Carole Levin), with planned publication for 2019. As this collection will be part of the Handbook series, we aim to solicit several contributors and cover medieval and early modern rulers from anywhere in the world, from kings and queens to lesser royals and dynasties who ruled principalities and regents who ruled in the name of others.

We are interested in essays that will reveal how rulers were remembered after their deaths in any kind of sources, such as chronicles, correspondence, diaries, mémoires, ballads, poems, songs but there is no limitation. We also aim to have a particular section on popular culture and we are interested in how medieval and early modern dynasties and monarchs are portrayed in films and popular tv shows and how it has affected our visions of these rulers. At times, these works played an important role in reincarnating a historical character.

This volume seeks proposals from scholars at any state of their career. We are especially interested in essays focused on the memory of rulers after they ruled, how posthumous reputations were formed, how a ruler or dynasty was represented by successor rulers, and popular culture depictions of rulers, but essays on any aspect of remembering rulership and memory are welcome. If you have any question please get in touch and let’s discuss your idea.

Chapter proposals should be 250-300 words, accompanied by a brief biography (100 words), for essays of 6,000 to 8,000 words including notes and bibliography. Please email proposals and bios to both and before 15 February 2017. Accepted authors will be notified in March 2017, and complete essays will be due by 15 January 2018.


Estelle Paranque recently completed her Ph.D in History at University College London. She is an Associate Lecturer and Module Leader for Early Modern Europe at Winchester University and a Seminar Leader and a Guest Lecturer for Early Modern Britain at Kings College London. She has focused on the representations and reputation of Elizabeth I as seen through correspondence between the French royal family and their diplomats in the period from 1568 to 1588. She has published several essays on Henry III of France and Elizabeth I of England’s warlike female kingship. She is also currently co-editing another collection of essays with Dr Nate Probasco and Professor Claire Jowitt on Colonization, Piracy and Trade in Early Modern Europe: The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens with Palgrave Macmillan.


Valerie Schutte earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Akron. She is author of Mary I and the Art of Book Dedications: Royal Women, Power, and Persuasion (2015) and co-editor of The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I (2016), both in the Palgrave Macmillan Queenship and Power series. She has published articles on Shakespeare, royal Tudor women, and print. Forthcoming publications include an article on counsel given to Katherine Howard and nine entries in A Bibliographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 1500-1650 (Ashgate).


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