Dr. Sarah L. Duncan publishes book on Queen Mary I

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 10:15am
Dr. Sarah Duncan

MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. Sarah L. Duncan, assistant professor of history at Spring Hill College, recently published her first book, “Mary I: Gender, Power, and Ceremony in the Reign of England's First Queen.”

Published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012, Duncan’s book explores the gender politics of the reign of Mary I of England, from her coronation to her funeral, examining the ways in which the queen and her supporters used language, royal ceremonies, and images to bolster her right to rule and define her image as queen. By detailing the ways that Mary's powers were defined as the first queen ruling in her own right, and as a married ruler with Philip of Spain as queen consort, Duncan’s work provides a deeper appreciation of Mary's capabilities as an early modern queen and the importance of the precedence she set.

Duncan earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Northwestern University. She earned a Master of Arts in history, a Master of Philosophy in European history, and a Ph.D. in European history from Yale University. She joined Spring Hill’s history faculty in 2008.