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Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History

Anne Walthall


This book asks the reader to consider the lives of the mothers, wives, concubines, entertainers, attendants, officials, maids, and drudges of the dynasties of history. By offering the first comparative view of the women who lived, worked, and served in royal courts around the globe, this book opens a new perspective on the monarchies that have dominated much of human history. Written by historians, anthropologists, and archaeologists, the chapters in this book take us from Mayan states to twentieth-century Benin in Nigeria, to the palace of Japanese Shoguns, the Chinese imperial courts, eighte ... More

Keywords: women, royal courts, monarchies, Mayan states, Benin, Japanese Shoguns, Chinese Imperial courts, Versailles, Mughal India, authority

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520254435
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520254435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Walthall, editor

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