Jeanne d'Albret: Letters from the Queen of Navarre with an Ample Declaration

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - The Toronto Series , Vol. 43

Jeanne d'Albret: Letters from the Queen of Navarre with an Ample Declaration

Edited by Kathleen M. Llewellyn and Emily E. Thompson et al.
2016 | 116 pp. | 978-0-86698-545-1 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
MRTS 490 | $31.95 |

OVEME v43. Edited and translated by Katleen M. Llewellyn, Emily E. Thompson, and Colette H. Winn.

This edition presents in English, for the first time, Jeanne d’Albret’s Letters to the king, his mother, his brother, her own brother-in-law, and the queen of England, together with her Ample Declaration (1568) defending her decampment to the Protestant stronghold of La Rochelle. A historical-biographical introduction situates these writings in the larger context of Reformation politics and examines in detail the specific literary characteristics of her memoir. In her works, Jeanne d’Albret asserts her own position as legal sovereign of Béarn and Navarre and situates herself at the nexus of overlapping political, religious, and familial tensions.


Jeanne d’Albret’s Ample Declaration, presented here in an elegant translation accompanied by an informative study, greatly enhances our understanding of the Queen of Navarre’s cultural and political role during the turbulent era of the French Wars of Religion. With concision and clarity, the editors explain the confusing times in which Jeanne lived, and explore the finer details of genre, imagery, and voice in the text itself, allowing scholars and students alike to make a closer acquaintance with this uniquely important historical figure.
—Leah Chang
Associate Professor of French, The George Washington University