Le sacre des reines/The sacrament of queens

By Louise Gay Sacrare: to dedicate to a deity; to dedicate, as a curse, to a divinity. The Latin verb derives from sacer (-cra, -crum), formerly sacros, which designates what belongs to the world of the divine, opposed to what is specific to everyday human life (the profanum). The transition from one to the otherContinue reading “Le sacre des reines/The sacrament of queens”

Studying Medieval Queens and (In)fertility

By Emma Trivett Being a mother was a crucial role for medieval queens, and maternity continues to be a central theme in queenship studies. Scholars of queenship have explored how queens were able to exercise authority and influence through their role as mothers and, recently, Kristen Geaman and Theresa Earenfight have drawn attention to howContinue reading “Studying Medieval Queens and (In)fertility”

A discussion of LGBTQ+ stories and historical spaces

By Holly Marsden The material remains of historic houses and the imagining of their past inhabitants enables the concurrent appreciation by their visitors of the historical specificity and otherness of the past, together with those echoes of the familiar which makes them feel real. Making connections with the ghosts of the past will remain anContinue reading “A discussion of LGBTQ+ stories and historical spaces”

Mater Dolorosa: Elisabeth in the Aftermath of Mayerling

By Lucy Coatman Cover Image: Empress Elizabeth at Corfu by Friedrich August von Kaulbach, after 1898, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Friedrich_August_von_Kaulbach_-_Sisi_auf_Korfu.jpg This blog post complements Lucy’s post published earlier this month, and we highly recommend reading it before delving into Elisabeth here.

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’.

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”