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”

Film Review: Mary Queen of Scots

By Johanna Strong Cover Image: courtesy of IMDB, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2328900/. With the winter break behind us, some of us might be hesitant to let that holiday spirit go. With that in mind, this month’s first blog post eases back into the historical world by examining the 2018 film, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’. Based on John Guy’sContinue reading “Film Review: Mary Queen of Scots”

Book Review: Uncrowned Queen. The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch by Nicola Tallis

By Gabby Storey The image of Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, the first Tudor king of England, is often one of a somewhat dominant, stubborn, and determined royal mother who sought to ensure her son gained the throne and stayed there. Tallis’ biographical study of Margaret offers a compelling insight into thisContinue reading “Book Review: Uncrowned Queen. The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch by Nicola Tallis”

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”

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”

Queenship and Historiography

By Louise Gay For centuries, sovereignty in the “Male Middle Ages” (as defined by Georges Duby) has been thought and written about from a male perspective. Perpetually presented as passive and submissive beings, queens were mainly considered as royal wombs rather than political actresses in the collective imagination. In consequence, the old historiography on queensContinue reading “Queenship and Historiography”

Going Global—New Directions for Queenship Studies

By Ellie Woodacre Queenship studies is a thriving academic discipline and wider interest in queenship is also reflected in a plethora of books on queens in the mainstream press as well as movies, tv series and novels about queens in popular culture. Biographical studies of the lives on individual queens or collective biographies of groupsContinue reading “Going Global—New Directions for Queenship Studies”

Scholar Introduction: Gabby Storey

Hi, and welcome to the first introductory post to a member of #teamqueens! We’ll have several of these brief posts running over the next few weeks so you can put a name to a face, and find out more about all the wonderful team behind Team Queens! Dr Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Storey is a specialist inContinue reading “Scholar Introduction: Gabby Storey”