Queenship in Britain 1660–1837

Royal patronage, court culture and dynastic politics

Edited by Clarissa Campbell-Orr

Queenship in Britain 1660–1837

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5770-0
  • Pages: 312
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: September 2009
  • BIC Category: Humanities / British & Irish history, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, European history, United Kingdom, Great Britain, History


Queenship in Britain 1660-1837 looks at the lives of successive Queens, Princesses of Wales and royal daughters, and considers how they used their powers of patronage and operated within the confines of royal family politics. With contributions from an international group of scholars this book brings together new approaches in gender history and court studies to present a re-evaluation of this previously neglected area in the study of the British monarchy. An explanation of these new approaches is contained in a substantial introduction. While the essays perform detailed discussions on a variety of more specific subjects, from how the foreign and Catholic wives of the restored Stuarts coped with a libertine court and a Protestant nation, to the travails of Princesses of Wales, the marriage options of royal daughters, and the question of whether Queen Adelaide (wife of William IV) was a harmless philanthropist re-establishing royal respectability or a real political influence behind the throne.


Clarissa Campbell Orr is Reader in Enlightenment, Gender and Court Studies at Anglia Ruskin University


Editor's acknowledgements
List of contributors
List of illustrations
Introduction: Court studies, gender and women's history 1660-1837 - Clarissa Campbell Orr
1. Catherine of Braganza and cultural politics - Edward Corp
2. Mary Beatrice of Modena: the 'second bless'd of womankind'? - Andrew Barclay
3. Queen Anne: victim of her virtues? - Robert Bucholz
4. Queen Caroline of Ansbach and the European princely museum tradition - Joanna Marschner
5. Queens-in-waiting: Caroline of Ansbach and Augusta of Saxe-Coburg as Princess of Wales - Christine Gerrard
6. Anne of Hanover and Orange (1707-59) as patron and practitioner of the arts - Richard G. King
7. The daughters of George II: marriage and dynastic politics - Vanessa Baker-Smith
8. 'To play what game she pleased without observation': Princess Augusta and the political drama of succession, 1736-56 - John L. Bullion
9. Queen Charlotte, 'Scientific Queen' - Clarissa Campbell Orr
10. Queen Adelaide: malign influence or consort maligned? - A. W. Purdue

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