Stéphanie: A Life in the Shadow of Mayerling

By Lucy Coatman Twitter: lucy_coatman Instagram: lucycoatman Cover Image: Crown Princess Stéphanie, mid-1890s, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:St%C3%A9phanie,_Crown_Princess_of_Austria-Hungary.jpg ‘Dear Stéphanie, You are freed from the torment of my presence. Be happy in your own way. Be good to our poor daughter, who is all that is left of me. […] I face death calmly, death alone can save myContinue reading “Stéphanie: A Life in the Shadow of Mayerling”

A Forgotten Queen: Mary of Modena

By Susannah Lyon-Whaley One early modern queen consort has not yet received her share of the limelight, despite a dramatic and remarkable life. Mary of Modena (1658-1718), born Maria Beatrice Eleonora Anna Margherita Isabella d’Este, married James, duke of York (1633-1701) in 1673. She was only fifteen, and the duke was forty. While such ageContinue reading “A Forgotten Queen: Mary of Modena”

Acknowledging a wealth of scholarship on global queenship

By Elena ‘Ellie’ Woodacre In my last blog post for Team Queens “Going Global: New Directions in Queenship Studies”, I talked about how important it was for us as a field to reframe queenship in a fully global context, inclusive of all periods, places and cultures. While this is a fairly new trajectory for queenshipContinue reading “Acknowledging a wealth of scholarship on global queenship”

Girls on Film: On-Screen Depictions of Queens in Warfare

By Catherine Capel Queens have been brought to life on the screen for many decades, highlighting their turbulent and enigmatic reigns and portraying key themes analysed within queenship studies – reception of female power and rulership, succession crises, sexuality, and motherhood to name but a few. But warfare as an aspect of queenship has notContinue reading “Girls on Film: On-Screen Depictions of Queens in Warfare”

Marie-Louise d’Orléans, Queen of Spain (1662-1689)

By Elisabetta Lurgo Cover Image: Portrait of Marie Louise d’Orléans (1662-1689), c. 1679, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marie-Louise_d%27Orl%C3%A9ans,_reine_d%27Espagne.jpg If, according to the contemporary view, the reign of Marie-Louise d’Orléans, wife of King Carlos II of Habsburg, ended with the fleeting victory of the Austrian faction at the court of Spain, her sudden death, which gave rise to tenacious suspicionsContinue reading “Marie-Louise d’Orléans, Queen of Spain (1662-1689)”

Katherine Parr, religious reform, and the battle for the throne

By June Woolerton Twitter: @mrsrjgiven On a summer’s day in 1546, the Queen of England was walking with her husband when guards arrived to arrest her. King Henry VIII had already had two of his previous wives detained and later executed and for a moment there was every indication that his sixth consort was aboutContinue reading “Katherine Parr, religious reform, and the battle for the throne”

“Like an Anvil”: The Language of the Kartlis Tskhovreba and Tamar the Great

By Irene Carstairs Twitter: @CarstairsIrene Tamar of Georgia presided over a period of unprecedented expansion, as well as an era of peace and prosperity that would never be seen in the nation again. Under her reign, Georgian historical writing began to resemble something recognisable as history, not a collection of biblical stories, folktales, and kings.Continue reading ““Like an Anvil”: The Language of the Kartlis Tskhovreba and Tamar the Great”

The Great Loves of John Hervey, Part II

By Amy-Jane Humphries This second part of our last #Pride month post delves further into sexualities and royal studies, continuing the story of John Hervey. Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707-1751) The social circle that Hervey, the Fox brothers, and Frederick ran in was defined by its sexual relationships, both heterosexual and homosexual.[1] When Frederick arrivedContinue reading “The Great Loves of John Hervey, Part II”

The Great Loves of John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey (1696-1743)

By Amy-Jane Humphries  For our last #Pride posts, we have a two-parter on the courtier John Hervey, his relationship with Caroline of Ansbach, queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and his role in LGBTQIA+ history! Pride Month provides a wonderful reminder that our world has been shaped by queer lives all over the world andContinue reading “The Great Loves of John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey (1696-1743)”

A Queen Between Two Realms: Blanca of Navarre as Sicilian Lieutenant and Navarrese Princess, 1402-1415

By Jessica Minieri (Twitter: @jessica_minieri) Cover Photo: Blanca’s initial on the ceiling of the Cathedral de Santa María la Real in Pamplona, Spain (Wikimedia Commons). In 1402, Navarrese princess, Blanca (c.1387-1441), arrived in Palermo to marry the king of Sicily, Martí “El Joven” (r. 1390-1409), in an effort to secure his throne following the deathContinue reading “A Queen Between Two Realms: Blanca of Navarre as Sicilian Lieutenant and Navarrese Princess, 1402-1415”