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La princesse européenne, d'objet d'échanges diplomatiques à détentrice du pouvoir : itinéraires politiques des trois filles d'Henri IV et Marie de Médicis (1600-1670)

Abstract : For a long time, history only understood the power of princesses when it was visible and official : within the framework of regencies. These female regencies were then studied as interludes between two kings' reigns and not as true exercises of sovereignty. However, the feminisation of the political scene was an important characteristic of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. All over Europe, women reached government in an official way. These women were given the opportunity to accede to political office in an official way but what was the role of princesses outside the regency? Elisabeth, Christine and Henrietta Maria were the daughters of Henri IV and Marie de’ Medici and became through their marriages Queen of Spain, Duchess of Savoy and Queen of England. They are three women who shed light on the steps that transform princesses from objects, instruments of diplomatic exchange to holders of political power. This thesis attempts to answer three questions: what is the role of princesses in matrimonial strategies and diplomatic alliances between European houses? What power do these marriages give them in their adopted country and in international exchanges? What links do they retain with their country of birth and what influence do those links have on their actions?
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Élodie Conti. La princesse européenne, d'objet d'échanges diplomatiques à détentrice du pouvoir : itinéraires politiques des trois filles d'Henri IV et Marie de Médicis (1600-1670). Histoire. 2019. ⟨dumas-02958720⟩

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