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From She-Wolf to Martyr: The Reign and Disputed Reputation of Johanna I of Naples

Elizabeth Casteen


In 1343 a seventeen-year-old girl named Johanna (1326–1382) ascended the Neapolitan throne, becoming the ruling monarch of one of medieval Europe’s most important polities. For nearly forty years, she held her throne and the avid attention of her contemporaries. Their varied responses to her reign created a reputation that made Johanna the most notorious woman in Europe during her lifetime. This book examines Johanna’s evolving, problematic reputation and uses it as a lens through which to analyze often-contradictory late-medieval conceptions of rulership, authority, and femininity. When Johan ... More

Keywords: Johanna of Naples, Neapolitan throne, rulership, authority, femininity, queen, she-wolf, female sovereignty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453861
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453861.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Casteen, author
Assistant Professor of History, Binghamton University