Skip to content

Online ordering will be unavailable on Saturday 10 December 2022, 0800-1800 GMT.

To place an order, please contact Customer Services.

UK/ROW +44 (0) 1223 326050 | US 1 800 872 7423 or 1 212 337 5000 | Australia/New Zealand 61 3 86711400 or 1800 005 210, New Zealand 0800 023 520

Register Sign in Wishlist
Queenship in Europe 1660–1815

Queenship in Europe 1660–1815
The Role of the Consort

Out of Print

Robert Oresko, Lis Granlund, Mark Bryant, Charles W. Ingrao, Andrew L. Thomas, Lindsey Hughes, Charles C. Noel, John Rogister, Peter H. Wilson, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Andrew Hanham, Thomas Biskup, Marc Serge Rivière, Michael Brengsbo, Clarissa Campbell Orr
View all contributors
  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2016
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521814225


Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This pioneering survey of court cultures in the age of the High Baroque through to the age of Enlightenment uses the role of the queen consort as the principal means of inquiry. The principal themes explored are the consort's formal and informal power, her religious role, and her cultural patronage. The book reveals the dynamics of dynastic politics as courts used their family linkages to advance themselves in the hierarchy of European powers, and suggests how women sometimes formed their own networks. The courts surveyed include those of France, Spain, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, the Imperial court at Vienna, and the three German electorateS linked to monarchies: Brandenburg-Prussia, Saxony-Poland and Hanover-Great Britain. Also included is the duchy of Württemburg, which achieved royal status by the end of the period, and Savoy, which attained it through acquiring Piedmont at the beginning.

    • The first collaborative survey on the topic of queens and queenship in eighteenth-century Europe
    • Covers eleven European monarchies including those of Russia, Scandinavia and Great Britain
    • Written in accessible and attractive style, and illustrated with a range of unusual portraits and other scenes
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… Clarissa Campbell Orr is to be congratulated on orchestrating such an illuminating and fresh perspective on the old regime'. The Times Literary Supplement

    'This recent comparative study on the role of a very specific figure at the European courts has tentatively broken new ground in both its approach and its subject matter. Its breadth and scope of enquiry is admirable … the volume does have popular appeal … This is not to detract from the academic merit of the work, indeed its ability to convey clear and concise introductions to the monarchies, and to the individuals chosen, merely provides a lucid foundation on which many of the articles construct their arguments. … In all the work achieves its goals commendably providing an insightful and detailed analysis of the role of the consort, both helpful to the advanced scholar and accessible to those with a lay interest in the role of women in early modern Europe.' The History Review, XV

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521814225
    • length: 438 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 199 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.25kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 1 map 15 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2016
  • Table of Contents

    1. Maria Giovanna Battista of Savoy-Nemours (1644–1724): daughter, consort and regent of Savoy Robert Oresko
    2. Queen Hedwig Eleonora of Sweden: dowager, builder and collector Lis Granlund
    3. Partner, matriarch and minister: Mme de Maintenon of France, clandestine consort, 1680–1715 Mark Bryant
    4. Piety and Power: the empresses-consort of the high baroque Charles W. Ingrao and Andrew L. Thomas
    5. Catherine I of Russia, consort of Peter the Great Lindsey Hughes
    6. 'Bárbara succeeds Elizabeth…': the feminisation and domestication of politics in the Spanish monarchy, 1701–1759 Charles C. Noel
    7. Queen Marie Leszczynska and faction at the French court 1725–1768 John Rogister
    8. Women and imperial politics: the Württemberg consorts 1674–1757 Peter H. Wilson
    9. Religion and the consort: two electresses of Saxony and queens of Poland (1697–1757) Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly
    10. Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach and the 'anglicisation' of the house of Hanover Andrew Hanham
    11. The hidden queen: Elizabeth Christine of Prussia and Hohernzollern queenship in the eighteenth century Thomas Biskup
    12. 'The Pallas of Stockholm': Louisa Ulrica of Prussia and the Swedish crown Marc Serge Rivière
    13. Danish absolutism and queenship: Louisa, Caroline Matilda and Juliana Maria Michael Brengsbo
    14. Charlotte, Queen of Great Britain and Electress of Hanover: northern dynasties and the northern republic of letters Clarissa Campbell Orr.

  • Editor

    Clarissa Campbell Orr, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge
    CLARISSA CAMPBELL ORR is senior lecturer in History, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.


    Robert Oresko, Lis Granlund, Mark Bryant, Charles W. Ingrao, Andrew L. Thomas, Lindsey Hughes, Charles C. Noel, John Rogister, Peter H. Wilson, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Andrew Hanham, Thomas Biskup, Marc Serge Rivière, Michael Brengsbo, Clarissa Campbell Orr

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.