Book Review: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

By Holly Marsden Queenship and Francophilia in Tolstoy’s War and Peace Tolstoy’s War and Peace was first published as a selection of short stories before its novel format in 1869. Beginning in July 1805 and ending in 1820, the epic story depicts the Napoleonic invasion of Russia and its effects on five aristocratic families. AlthoughContinue reading “Book Review: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy”

The Age of Queens in Medieval Lanka

By Bruno M. Shirley (Cornell University)Twitter: @brunomshirley Lanka’s long twelfth century has been called many things: the “Augustine Age” of Sinhala-language literature; an Age of Reform for Buddhist institutional and intellectual lineages; a Golden Age of growing internal stability and external influence across the Bay of Bengal, at least under the long reign (c. 1153-86)Continue reading “The Age of Queens in Medieval Lanka”

Book Review: The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England by Valerie Traub

By Holly Marsden Valerie Traub’s sentiments towards queer queens in The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England works against scholarship that renders female homoeroticism invisible prior to the Enlightenment, arguing instead that representations of queer femme desire in publications increased in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She refers to this growth as a ‘renaissance,’Continue reading “Book Review: The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England by Valerie Traub”

Tamar the Great: A Biography

By Irene CarstairsFeature Image: Restored fresco from Betania monastery. Tamar is pictured in green. Image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c6/Queentamar_giorgi.jpg Today is the first of our special guest blog posts from the fantastic Irene Carstairs! You can follow her on Twitter @CarstairsIrene or see more of her work at http://www.thathistorynerd.com/. From the late eleventh century to the early thirteenthContinue reading “Tamar the Great: A Biography”

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Series by Sarah J. Maas: A Study of Queenship

By Katia Wright Feature Image Caption: Book covers taken from Bloomsbury Publishing – bloomsbury.com. *WARNING* This review contains a lot of spoilers for all the published books in the series as of April 2021. This review discusses: 1. A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) 2. A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) 3. AContinue reading “Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Series by Sarah J. Maas: A Study of Queenship”

Scholar Introduction: Jack Beesley

Jack Beesley is a postgraduate in Heritage and Queenship Studies from Queen Mary University of London and Historic Royal Palaces, currently preparing to begin his PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University this October. Jack’s BA dissertation focused on the memory of Anne Boleyn in the reign of Elizabeth I, for which he won the King AlfredContinue reading “Scholar Introduction: Jack Beesley”

The extravagant death of Queen Mary II

By Holly Marsden At 12.45am on 28th December 1694, Queen Mary II of England died of smallpox at the age of 32. She had suffered for a reasonably short time, only recognising a rash on her arms and chest on December 21st. However, Mary had not been feeling herself for some time. Around May ofContinue reading “The extravagant death of Queen Mary II”

Book Review: Philippa of Hainault: Mother of the English Nation by Kathryn Warner

By Katia Wright Kathryn Warner’s 2019 Philippa of Hainault: Mother of the English Nation is the first study in over a century to analyse the life of this long-serving fourteenth century queen. Following in the footsteps of her previous biographical works (namely Edward II and Isabella of France), Warner weaves a fascinating story of Philippa’sContinue reading “Book Review: Philippa of Hainault: Mother of the English Nation by Kathryn Warner”

Remembering Mary: Examining the Creation of Mary I’s Legacy in the Historical Narrative

By Johanna Strong Feature Image: Hans Eworth, Mary I, 1556-1558, National Portrait Gallery The Queen is dead; long live the Queen! Though this phrase has been uttered only once in English history, its context is not as well-known as it should be. Many will be quick to identify that the second queen in question isContinue reading “Remembering Mary: Examining the Creation of Mary I’s Legacy in the Historical Narrative”

Book Review: Joan, Lady of Wales, Power and Politics of King John’s Daughter by Danna R. Messer

By Andy McMillin Joan, Lady of Wales, Power and Politics of King John’s Daughter, is a welcome study in medieval queenship as scholarship on Welsh queens has arguably been largely overshadowed by research on their English counterparts. Those who study queenship will recognise the impact of the lack of surviving records and resources from thisContinue reading “Book Review: Joan, Lady of Wales, Power and Politics of King John’s Daughter by Danna R. Messer”