Catherine's tears : Diplomatic corporeality, affective performance, and gender at the sixteenth-century French court

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Broomhall, Susan. (2019). Catherine's tears : Diplomatic corporeality, affective performance, and gender at the sixteenth-century French court. In In Scott, Anne M. and Barbezat, Michael David (Ed.). Fluid bodies and bodily fluids in premodern Europe : Bodies, blood, and tears in literature, theology, and art pp. 55-72 ARC Humanities Press. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781641892391-005
AuthorsBroomhall, Susan
EditorsScott, Anne M. and Barbezat, Michael David
Abstract

CATHERINE DE’ MEDICI’S tears were a significant part of diplomatic interactions and the subject of intense study by foreign political agents at court. In courtly receptions and formal audiences, both words and gesture were considered vital aspects of the political messages being conveyed. These presentations were complemented by other sources of information and observation gathered by diplomats in the courtly environment in order to understand the character, corporeal and affective behaviour, and thus meanings of the performances, of their French hosts. Moreover, as I will explore, diplomatic political agents considered the emotional and social, as well as political, implications of Catherine’s tears for them. Their perceptions were founded upon understandings about the power of female tears to permeate their own bodies in complex ways.

Page range55-72
Year2019
Book titleFluid bodies and bodily fluids in premodern Europe : Bodies, blood, and tears in literature, theology, and art
PublisherARC Humanities Press
Place of publicationLeeds
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1515/9781641892391-005
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