April Harper publishes chapter on misrepresentation of queenly power in Middle Ages

April Harper, History, has published a chapter, “Silencing Queens” in Karl Alvestad, Janice North, and Ellie Woodacre eds., Pre-modern Rulers and (Post)modern Viewers: gender, sex and power in popular culture (Palgrave, 2017). The work examines the trend in works of medievalism (the reworking of the history, images, or perceptions of the Middle Ages by modern peoples) to rewrite powerful, historical women as silent figures, lacking power or agency. She argues this reinvention is due to contemporary anxieties centered on the power of women’s speech as well as modern society’s misunderstanding and misgendering of medieval power roles.