William Monter is professor emeritus of history, Northwestern University. He lives in Wilmette, IL.
“More women exercised sovereign authority in Europe from the late
Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century than at any other
point in history. With assured touch and convincingly broad
comparisons, William Monter examines how, when and why those women
did so, enabling us to understand more clearly than ever before
what made for successful female rule in early modern Europe, as
well as the dangers it posed.”—Mark Greengrass, Albert-Ludwigs