Wife, Widow, Exiled Queen Beatrice d’Aragona (1457–1508) and Kinship inEarly Modern Europe

Jessica O'Leary

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This chapter analyses how the Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, Beatrice d’Aragona (1457–1508), negotiated her shifting marital status and identity in central Europe and southern Italy. She was twice married—the first marriage resulting in widowhood, and the second in exile—with her entire adulthood spent as an outsider in Hungary, or on the edge of courtly Naples. A close analysis of Beatrice’s exile shows that women could survive widowhood using natal networks, since, though their marital identities changed, their status as sister, daughter, and aunt did not. This chapter contributes to the literature on early modern European kinship networks by demonstrating that the presence of these networks protected womenin difficult marital situations, and how their absence made widowhoodwithout wealth a marginalised existence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen on the Edge in Early Modern Europe
EditorsLisa Hopkins, Aidan Norrie
Place of PublicationLeiden The Netherlands
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789048539178
ISBN (Print)9789462987500
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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