Female Agency and Early Modern Urbanism: The Paris of Maria de’ Medici analyzes the urban history of early modern Paris and the impact of the interventions promoted by Queen Maria de’ Medici during her regency (1610–17) over the long-term development of the city. On the basis of new archival evidence, Sara Galletti reinterprets the queen’s Parisian projects—among them the Luxembourg Palace and the Arcueil Aqueduct—as the constituents of an ambitious urban plan that radically transformed the Left Bank, left a permanent imprint on the city, and ultimately determined the direction of its future developments. Maria de’ Medici’s projects are discussed within the broader context of the interventions realized on the banks of the Seine by the royal family, the city government, and a number of private investors during the first half of the seventeenth century; these established a new relationship between the city and its river and drew the urban fabric out of its medieval boundaries.

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