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The Old English cwen originally simply meant “woman” or “wife” (compare modern Swedish kvinna, Danish kvinde), but gradually acquired the specific sense of “wife of a king.” The distinction between queenship by marriage and queenship as authority is expressed by qualification, respectively “queen consort” and “queen regnant.” The focus of the…

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Jarzebowski, Claudia and Behrends, Jonna, “Queen”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_031037>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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