Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations - Staff

Dr Zita Rohr

Zita RohrDr Zita Eva Rohr
Membre (chevalier) dans l'Ordre des palmes académiques

2009 Ph.D. French History, The University of New England, Armidale NSW Australia
1999 B.A. (Hons), French, The University of New England, Armidale, Australia
1982 Diploma in Teaching, NCAE (The University of Newcastle)


Zita defines herself as a gender-conscious political historian, one who seeks to recalibrate our understanding of the formation of the modern state by highlighting the 'un-exceptionality' of the political and diplomatic agency of pre-modern elite and royal women. In 2009, she was awarded her PhD in 2009 for her thesis, "L'Envers de la tapisserie: The Œuvre of Yolande d'Aragon (1381-1442). A Study of Queenship in Late Mediæval France". She has recently published a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan based upon her thesis and additional new research, Yolande of Aragon, Family and Power 1381-1442: The Reverse of the Tapestry. In 2004, Zita was admitted to the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (chevalier) for her contribution to French education and culture. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Societys.

Current Research Projects

"Family Matters: A New Gendered History of the Genesis of the Modern State (1349-1522)"

"Lifting the Veil": Investigating Pre-Modern Female Power and Influence in the Islamic World"

"The Game of the Rose: Negotiating the Medieval and Early Modern Gendered Labyrinth of Christianity, Judaism and Islam."



Yolande of Aragon (1381-1442), Family and Power: The Reverse of the Tapestry. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Edited Book

(with Lisa Benz), Queenship, Gender and Reputation in the Medieval and Early Modern West, 1060-1600, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, expected November 4, 2016.

Book Chapters

"Rocking the Cradle and Ruling the World: Queens' Households in Late Medieval and Early Modern Aragon and France", in Theresa Earenfight (ed.), Elite and Royal Households in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (c. 800-c. 1600), Leiden and Boston: Brill, expected 2017.

"True Lies and Strange Mirrors: The uses and abuses of rumor, propaganda and innuendo during the closing stages of the Hundred Years War" in Zita Eva Rohr and Lisa Benz (eds), Queenship, Reputation and Gendered Power in the Medieval and Early Modern West, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 79-104.

"Playing the Catalan: The Rise of the Chess-Queen; Queenship and Political Motherhood in Late Medieval Aragon and France", in Elena Woodacre and Carey Fleiner (eds), Motherhood, Authority and Ambition II: Defining and Redefining the Image of the 'Good' and 'Bad' Mother New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 173-197.

"On the Road Again: The Semi-Nomadic career of Yolande of Aragon (1400-1439)," in Felicitas Schmieder & Marianne O'Doherty (eds), Travel and Exploration From the Atlantic to the Black Sea, Turnhout: Brepols, 2015, 215-244.

"Lessons for my Daughter: Self-fashioning Stateswomanship in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon" in Laura Delbrugge (ed.), Self-fashioning and Assumptions of Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, Leiden & Boston: Brill Press, 2015, 46-78.

"The Practice of Political Motherhood in Late Medieval France: Yolande of Aragon, Bonne-Mère of France", in Sean McGlynn and Elena Woodacre (eds), Image, Perception and Monarchy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, 23-47.

"Not Lost in Translation: Aragonese Court Culture on Tour (1400-1480)", in Elena Woodacre (ed.), Queenship in the Mediterranean, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 145-168.

"Lifting the Tapestry: The Designs of Yolande of Aragon (1381-1442)" in Anthony McElligott, Liam Chambers, Ciara Breathnach and Catherine Lawless (eds), Power in History: From Medieval Ireland to the Post-Modern World, Dublin & Portland OR: Irish Academic Press 2011, 145-166

Editorial, Award and Conference Responsibilities

Member of the Advisory Board for the electronic journal, Royal Studies Journal published by the Royal Studies Network (University of Winchester, UK).

Section Editor ("Exercising Influence and Authority") and Co-Editor (for Elena Woodacre), History of Monarchy, a 300,000-word book project commissioned by Routledge, expected 2018.

Committee Convener and Chair, Royal Studies Journal (in Association with Canterbury Christ Church University) Early Career Researcher Article Prize.

International Conference Session Organizer for the Royal Studies Network and the Royal Studies Journal.

International Conference Sessions Organized

"At Their Majesties' Pleasure: Necessary Extravagances? - Fashion, Food, and Gift-Giving in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe", International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Session 533, July 4-7, 2016.

"Conspicuous Consumptions: When More is More.", International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Session 1722, July 4-7, 2016.

"Debatable Queens: (Re)assessing Medieval Stateswomanship, Power and Authority, International Congress on Medieval Studies, West Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, May, 15, 2015.

"Debatable Rule: (Re)assessing Medieval Statecraft, Power, Authority and Gender (A Roundtable)", International Congress on Medieval Studies, West Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, May 15, 2015.

"Power and the Court in the Medieval Mediterranean" (with Núria Silleras-Fernández), International Congress on Medieval Studies, West Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, Session 188, May 12-15, 2016.

"Unsentimental Journeys: Building Loyalty and Consolidating Power - Three Late Medieval Queens-Lieutenant from the Medieval Crown of Aragon", International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 3, 2013.


2004 Membre (chevalier) dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for services to French Education, Language, and Culture
1997 The Bronnie Treloar Scholarship in French, best overall record in French units of study awarded to a student entering the B.A. (Hons) year at the University of New England.

Professional Memberships

Association des Membres De L'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (AMOPA)
The Royal Historical Society - Fellow
The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS)
The Medieval Academy of America (MAA)
The Medieval and Early Modern Centre, The University of Sydney
Mediterranean Studies Association
The Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS)
The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS)
The Society for the Study of French History (SSFH)

Service to the Community: Not for Profit Board Directorship
The International French School of Sydney, School Board and School Management Committee, 1997-2007, Honorary Vice President 1997-2004, Honorary President 2004-2007; 2007-present, Trustee, Lycée Condorcet International French School of Sydney