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

By Johanna Strong Cover 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”

Book Review: Catherine of Aragon, An Intimate Life of Henry VIII’s True Wife by Amy Licence

By Andy McMillin Many English queens in the last twenty years have been placed at the foreground of historical studies in an array of original biographies. One such queen is Catherine of Aragon. Originally published in 2016, Amy Licence brings a new narrative to Catherine and the importance of her role first as Princess ofContinue reading “Book Review: Catherine of Aragon, An Intimate Life of Henry VIII’s True Wife by Amy Licence”

Framed in fantasy: Stuart allegorical imagery and Queen Mary II

By Holly Marsden Like many English monarchs, Queen Mary II carefully cultivated a public image through visual and material culture. Through tangible objects and artworks, regnant queens could secure the loyalty of their public whilst strengthening the image of their dynasty. Mary came from the Stuart family, and the visual culture surrounding her reign demonstratesContinue reading “Framed in fantasy: Stuart allegorical imagery and Queen Mary II”

Scholar Introduction: Ellie Woodacre

Dr. Elena (Ellie) Woodacre is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Winchester who specialises in queenship and royal studies. Ellie has become an evangelist for royal studies as an academic discipline and has been pushing the field of queenship in new directions with her activities in the field andContinue reading “Scholar Introduction: Ellie Woodacre”

Scholar Introduction: Louise Gay

Louise Gay is a postgraduate in Medieval Studies from the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (France), currently preparing the beginning of her PhD next fall. Her Master’s dissertation focused on Capetian queenship and warfare, investigating the French queens’ policies of war and diplomacy from the late Xth to the early XIVth centuries. This project exploredContinue reading “Scholar Introduction: Louise Gay”

Medieval English Queens as Landowners

By Katia Wright An important aspect of a queen’s power derived from her financial revenue. Throughout the medieval period English queens received income from numerous sources, however the largest of the queen’s revenues were drawn from her vast estates. These properties were granted to the queen by the crown to provide for her household andContinue reading “Medieval English Queens as Landowners”

Scholar Introduction: Holly Marsden

Holly is a first year PhD student on a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme, studying the life of Queen Mary II of England. Based at both the University of Winchester and Historic Royal Palaces, Holly also works with the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Museums Greenwich. She is currently learning early modern French and Dutch asContinue reading “Scholar Introduction: Holly Marsden”

Book Review: The Empress Matilda: Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English

By Catherine Capel Twice a month we’ll be recommending some of our favourite fiction and non-fiction historical works focussing on queenship, and reviewing other cornerstone works for you. This month, Cathy Capel is picking out two works which have been integral to her studies!