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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 8:35 am 
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We all know about Isabella I of Spain and Elizabeth of Hungary, but who were some other standout Catholic queens in the history of Christendom?


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I don't know of any more right off the top of my head, but Elizabeth of Hungary was the inspiration for my youngest dd's middle name. My oldest dressed as her for All Saints' last year! :)

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Empress Maria Theresa


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Mary Queen of Scots

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Catherine of Aragon. Devout and as tough as nails. Shakespeare called her "the Queen of earthly Queens".


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Queen Elizabeth of Portugal

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Mary I of England.


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Eleanore, Duchess of Aquitaine, Queen of France and Queen of England. She called herself "Eleanor by the Wrath of God Queen of England."

Blanche of Castile, Queen of France (1185?-1252)

Jadwiga, Queen of Poland (c. 1373-1399)

Matilda, Countess of Tuscany (c. 1046-1115)


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I am not pulling anyone's leg, but since I am not as Marian-maximalist as some on this board, I am a little surprised that no one has suggested Mary, i.e. the BVM.

Obviously, people can claim that that goes without saying.


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Edward Pothier wrote:
I am not pulling anyone's leg, but since I am not as Marian-maximalist as some on this board, I am a little surprised that no one has suggested Mary, i.e. the BVM.

Obviously, people can claim that that goes without saying.


Edward Pothier



:), I guess she's the trump card of Catholic queens, eh? :)

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I was reading a book written by a french woman who was keeper of some enormous library in France. She's a serious medievalist and unfortunately for us she's since gone to God. In one of her books she remarks that women in medieval times were very much the social equal of men, oftentimes having positions of leadership in local positions such as mayor or as influential people in local society through business ties and were oftentimes also heads of businesses. This she attributed to the singularly Catholic stamp on western society. She also claimed that it was only as the same bad thinking that gave birth to the Reformation deformed that relatively healthy Catholic world that women began losing their place in the world, and that it was completed with the Reformation and only in these last decades have women come close to the same sort of freedom and equality with men, though they often misuse it these days.

Any medievalist care to contribute to that line of thought?

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