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By Judith P. Aikin

The other halves of rulers in early glossy Europe did way over supply heirs for his or her principalities and adornment for his or her courts. during this research, Judith Aikin examines the enormously well-documented activities of 1 such girl, Aemilia Juliana of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1637-1706), as a way to extend our knowing of the position of ruler’s consort within the small principalities attribute of Germany in this interval. Aikin explores a variety of writings by way of her topic, together with casual letters to a different lady, hundreds and hundreds of devotional tune texts, manuscript books either devotional and useful, and released pamphlets and books. additionally vital for this learn are the performs, work, and musical works that embellished the courtroom lower than Aemilia Juliana’s patronage; the books, poems, and sermons released in her honor; and the large memorial quantity published and dispensed quickly after her demise. This fabric, while coupled with the extra scanty checklist in professional records, unearths the character and scope of Aemilia Juliana’s function as complete associate within the ruling couple. one of the most vital findings according to this proof are these with regards to Aemilia Juliana’s advocacy for girls of all social sessions via her authorship and courses, her help for the schooling of women, her efforts to ameliorate the phobia and anguish of pregnant and birthing ladies, and her contributions to lady aid networks. In reading the occupation of a consort whose quite a few actions are so good documented, this examine is helping to fill within the blanks within the documentary list of diverse consorts throughout early glossy Europe, and serves as a version for destiny study on different consorts at different courts.

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