Women and Culture At the Courts of the Stuart Queens

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Did the Stuart queens create their own courts, and can these courts shed new light on women's poetry, drama and performance? This book investigates the literature, theater, patronage and commissioning of the courts of Anna of Denmark (1603-19) and Henrietta Maria (1625-42). Unearthing the neglected history of the Stuart queens, these essays look afresh at the early modern European female elite to create a new picture of femininity for students ...

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Overview

Did the Stuart queens create their own courts, and can these courts shed new light on women's poetry, drama and performance? This book investigates the literature, theater, patronage and commissioning of the courts of Anna of Denmark (1603-19) and Henrietta Maria (1625-42). Unearthing the neglected history of the Stuart queens, these essays look afresh at the early modern European female elite to create a new picture of femininity for students and scholars of early modern culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403902603
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/29/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Clare McManus is at the School of English, Queen's University of Belfast.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Genealogical Tables
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
1 Introduction: the Queen's Court 1
Pt. I Female Performance, Cultural Agency and Queenship at the Jacobean Courts 19
2 'To Enlight the Darksome Night, Pale Cinthia Doth Arise': Anna of Denmark, Elizabeth I and the Images of Royalty 21
3 The Queen's Courts: Anna of Denmark and her Royal Sisters - Cultural Agency at Four Northern European Courts in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 49
4 Memorialising Anna of Denmark's Court: Cupid's Banishment at Greenwich Palace 81
Pt. II Female Authorship in the Queen's Court 101
5 Reflected Desire: The Erotics of the Gaze in Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum 103
6 Playing By and With the Rules: Genre, Politics, and Perception in Mary Wroth's Love's Victorie 122
7 Indecent Exposure in Mary Wroth 140
Pt. III The Caroline Courts and their European Context 161
8 'In the Name of all the Sisters': Henrietta Maria's Notorious Whores 163
9 Theatrical Vibrancy on the Caroline Court Stage: Tempe Restored and The Shepherds' Paradise 186
10 An Under-Stated Mother-in-Law: Marie de Medicis and the Last Caroline Court Masque 204
11 'Lyes for the Commonwealth'? Diplomacy, the Republic, and the Court of Queen Christina 224
Index 245
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