Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History

Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History


Mothers, other halves, concubines, entertainers, attendants, officers, maids, drudges. via providing the 1st comparative view of the ladies who lived, labored, and served in royal courts around the world, this paintings opens a brand new point of view at the monarchies that experience ruled a lot of human historical past. Written by way of top historians, anthropologists, and archeologists, those energetic essays take us from Mayan states to twentieth-century Benin in Nigeria, to the palace of jap Shoguns, the chinese language Imperial courts, eighteenth-century Versailles, Mughal India, and past. jointly they examine how women's roles differed, how their roles replaced over the years, and the way their histories can remove darkness from the constructions of strength and societies within which they lived. This paintings additionally furthers our figuring out of ways royal courts, created to venture the authority of male rulers, maintained themselves in the course of the reproductive and effective powers of women.

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