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The Gallic Singularity

The Medieval and Early Modern Origins

Tracy Adams

move to the so-called “Salic Law,” which, in prohibiting females from ascending the French throne, resulted in a preference for women, generally the queen-mother, over male relatives as regents for a minor king. The queen regent is one of the clearest

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Representations of Women in the French Imaginary

Historicizing the Gallic Singularity

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen

women [that] makes peace possible” between the sexes. Arguing for the compatibility between de Pizan's positive representations of women as female regents and the creation of the Salic Law, which barred women from direct royal inheritance in France, she