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Elizabeth L'Estrange’s research focuses mainly on the art and culture of the medieval and early modern periods (c. 1350-1600) with a particular emphasis on illuminated manuscripts and on questions of gender in visual culture. In 2008 she published Holy Motherhood: Gender, Dynasty and Visual Culture in the Late Middle Ages (MUP, 2008) which won the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship’s First Book Prize in 2010. This study of maternal imagery in books of hours owned by aristocratic women and its relationship to the material culture of childbearing has led to other articles on the patronage of women at the French court, including Anne of Brittany, Anne of France, and Claude of France. Her research has also focused on the female gaze and methodological approaches to assessing women’s agency as viewers. She is also interested in broader questions of gender and sexuality in the medieval and early modern periods.
Dr L’Estrange welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers wishing to research areas that overlap with her research interests.