In Royal Dress


We are delighted to be collaborating with a large, international team of scholars and postgraduate students on our project--read more about our project team and participants below. 

The project team has been in discussions for an extended period about the lacuna in the field regarding the economic activity and agency of royal women. We have brought together not only our own work on this topic but invited colleagues across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia to share their research in this area. By bringing together this large group, who work on royal women in different periods across premodern Europe, we aim to develop a deeper understanding of the financial aspects of the role of queens and the wives of territorial rulers. 

Core Research Group

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Elena Woodacre

Principal Investigator

Dr. Elena (Ellie) Woodacre is Reader in Early Modern European History at the University of Winchester. She is a specialist in queenship and royal studies and has published extensively in this area. Elena is the organizer of the ‘Kings & Queens’ conference series, founder of the Royal Studies Network (, Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal ( and the editor of the Gender and Power in the Premodern World series (ARC Humanities Press) and the Lives of Royal Women series (Routledge).


Charlotte Backerra

Dr Charlotte Backerra is Assistant Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Her main research interests are royal studies, dynastic history, gender history,

history of diplomacy, and international relations. She has published widely, including a monograph on Anglo-Austrian relations in the 18th century (in German). Together with Cathleen Sarti, she is the editor of AUP’s book series 'Studies in Monarchy & Money. Royal Economic, Business, and Financial Histories'.


Amalie Fößel

Prof. Amalie Fößel is a Full Professor and Chair for Medieval History at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Her research is focused on different aspects of political, religious and cultural history of Medieval Europe and especially on queenship and female nobility, on gender history, heresy and religious movements. She is a co-editor of the book series Orbis Mediaevalis and also of the annual journal Historisches Jahrbuch (HJb). Recently she has edited an open-access anthology on Violence, War and Gender in the Middle Ages (Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien 2020).


Chloë R. McKenzie

Dr. Chloë R. McKenzie is Lecturer in History at New College of the Humanities at Northeastern and Visiting Fellow at the CMRC University of Southampton. Her doctoral thesis was on Late Medieval Ladies of the Garter (forthcoming). She has a background in museums, heritage, and public engagement, having worked to develop the AHRC-funded St Thomas Way ( Her research interests include kingship, queenship, gender studies, dress history and the English medieval royal court.

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Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues

Prof. Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues is Full Professor at the University of Lisbon and a researcher at its Centre for History. In the last two decades she has extensively written on Portuguese medieval queenship, from the queens’ estates and revenue to jurisdictional and political powers to religious and artistic patronage. She is currently working on royal women’s wardrobes and treasures. She has published the biographies of Queens Leonor of Aragon and Isabel of Coimbra and co-edited books on Royal Marriages, Dynastic Change, and Religious Practices and Everyday Life.

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Cathleen Sarti

Dr. Cathleen Sarti is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford in the ERC-Project The European Fiscal-Military System, 1530-1870 (PI: Peter Wilson). Her doctoral thesis (Mainz 2017) was on Deposing Monarchs in Northern Europe, 1500-1700 (forthcoming). She has also worked on the economic agency of a Danish female counsellor, and edited a book with ARC Humanities Press on Women and Economic Power in Premodern Royal Courts (2020). She is also, together with Charlotte Backerra, a series editor for the new book series with AUP Studies in Monarchy & Money. Royal Economic, Business, and Financial Histories.