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Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman: Mariana of Austria and the Government of Spain
Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman is the first study of Mariana of Austria (1634–1696), who ruled the Spanish Empire while her son Carlos II, was a minor. Mariana employed successful political, diplomatic, and military strategies at a difficult juncture for the Spanish global monarchy in the later seventeenth century. Establishing her role in European international politics, this investigation reveals the authority she wielded as a Spanish Habsburg queen and mother, even during her court exile.