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Troubling MotherhoodMaternality in Global Politics$
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Lucy B. Hall, Anna L. Weissman, and Laura J. Shepherd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190939182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190939182.001.0001

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Bearing Peace and War

Bearing Peace and War

Sex, Motherhood, and the Treaty of the Pyrenees

(p.87) Chapter 6 Bearing Peace and War
Troubling Motherhood

Laura Sjoberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the ways that marriage, marriage consummation, and motherhood made the state, both territorially and representationally, in the Peace of the Pyrenees and its aftermath. It argues that seventeenth-century Spain and France were in part made in the (imaginaries of and then the physical instantiation of) the uterus of Maria Teresa, Hapsburg princess of Spain and Archduchess of Austria until her marriage in 1660 to Louis XIV of France. It situates reproductive demands on Maria Teresa in the general pronatalist pressures of seventeenth-century France or in the context of royal wives’ explicitly reproductive roles. It begins with a brief discussion of the historical context of the conflict between France and Spain and the circumstances of the marriage (and the Peace of the Pyrenees). It then discusses marriage, sexuality, and territory evidenced in the politics around Maria Teresa’s marriage, her sexual relationship with Louis XIV, and (political concerns about) her (actual and potential) offspring. It links those anxieties and complications to the War of Spanish Succession, considering the relationship of dynastic motherhood to the making of the state, and the depersonalization of the figure of the mother in state-making.

Keywords:   marriage, reproduction, inheritance, territory, treaties, war, gender, queer theory, France, Spain

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