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Ekholst, Christine, Fil. Dr.ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-9616-3271
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Ekholst, C. & Bagerius, H. (2019). For Better or For Worse: Royal Marital Sexuality as Political Critique in Late Medieval Europe. In: Elena Woodacre, Lucinda H. S. Dean, Chris Jones, Russel E. Martin & Zita Eva Rohr (Ed.), The Routledge History of Monarchy: . Abingdon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>For Better or For Worse: Royal Marital Sexuality as Political Critique in Late Medieval Europe
2019 (English)In: The Routledge History of Monarchy / [ed] Elena Woodacre, Lucinda H. S. Dean, Chris Jones, Russel E. Martin & Zita Eva Rohr, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter discusses how sexuality was used in political critique in late medieval Europe. In the Middle Ages the union of the king and the queen symbolized the social contract, and the royal marriage represented the bond between the king and his subjects. Negative descriptions of a royal marriage could therefore be used to signal discontent with a king’s reign. The chapter analyses a number of late medieval texts in order to expose reoccurring critical discourses that built on perceptions of gender and sexuality. We argue that sexual matters were used deliberately to highlight fundamental shortcomings in how a country was governed. A king’s inability to be sexually active indicated a lack of masculine authority. Kingly masculinity and dominance were closely linked and an effeminate king was an unthinkable proposition. In addition, since the king and queen were regarded as a unit, his behaviour impacted how she was judged. If the king was believed to lack masculine dominance and to be unable to control his wife, this could unleash the dangerous power that lay within queenship itself. The queen could be become unruly and adulterous. The incapable king and his unruly queen represented a dysfunctional rulership and failed regency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2019
Keywords
monarchy, kingship, queenship, politics, kings, queens, favourites, sexuality, marriage, sodomy, adultery, Middle Ages, 14th Century, 15th Century, Castile, England, Sweden
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-396323 (URN)9781138703322 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2010-1578
Available from: 2019-11-03 Created: 2019-11-03 Last updated: 2019-11-03
Ekholst, C. (2014). A Punishment for Each Criminal: Gender and Crime in Swedish Medieval Law. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Punishment for Each Criminal: Gender and Crime in Swedish Medieval Law
2014 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2014. p. 256
Series
The Northern World ; 67
Keywords
Middle ages, Sweden, gender, crime, law
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-396322 (URN)978-90-04-27162-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-11-03 Created: 2019-11-03 Last updated: 2019-11-03
Ekholst, C. (2011). Den politiska kärleken :: homosocialt begär och heteronormativa praktiker under svensk medeltid. Historisk Tidskrift (S), 131(2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den politiska kärleken :: homosocialt begär och heteronormativa praktiker under svensk medeltid
2011 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 131, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
medeltid, homosocialitet, krönikor, politik, sexualitet, genus
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-387476 (URN)
Available from: 2019-06-24 Created: 2019-06-24 Last updated: 2019-08-22Bibliographically approved
Ekholst, C. (2009). För varje brottsling ett straff: föreställningar om kön i de svenska medeltidslagarna. (Doctoral dissertation). Stockholm: Stockholms universitets förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>För varje brottsling ett straff: föreställningar om kön i de svenska medeltidslagarna
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholms universitets förlag, 2009
Keywords
medieval, gender, law
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339896 (URN)978-91-7155-811-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-23 Created: 2018-01-23 Last updated: 2019-12-02Bibliographically approved
Bagerius, H. & Ekholst, C. (2007). En olydig sodomit: Om Magnus Eriksson och det heteronormativa regentskapet. Scandia, 73(2), 7-38
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En olydig sodomit: Om Magnus Eriksson och det heteronormativa regentskapet
2007 (Swedish)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483, Vol. 73, no 2, p. 7-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: , 2007
Keywords
Magnus Eriksson, gender, sexuality, Saint Birgitta of Sweden, Magnus Eriksson, kön, sexualitet, Heliga Birgitta
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
History; Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-358448 (URN)
Available from: 2018-08-28 Created: 2018-08-28 Last updated: 2018-08-29Bibliographically approved
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