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Queenship in Europe 1660–1815

Queenship in Europe 1660–1815
The Role of the Consort

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
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  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2016
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521814225

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  • 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
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    '… 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

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    • 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

    Introduction
    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.

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

    Contributors

    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

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