Polished Cornerstone of the Temple: Queenly Libraries of the Enlightenment

Polished Cornerstone of the Temple: Queenly Libraries of the Enlightenment

by Maria Luisa Lopez-Vidriero

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Polished Cornerstone of the Temple: Queenly Libraries of the Enlightenment by Maria Luisa Lopez-Vidriero

Based on the Panizzi Lectures given in the British Library in November 2004, The Polished Cornerstones of the Temple examines the impact of women's educational projects on female reading and book collecting in the royal courts of the eighteenth century.

Because monarchs are international figures who also provide a behaviour-model for their national subjects; they make excellent case-studies for observing particular national patterns within the wider context of European written culture. The main part of the study is devoted to exploring the libraries of two queens: Caroline of Ansbach (1638-1727), wife of George II, and Elizabeth Farnese (1692-1766), wife of Philip V. By comparing and contrasting their two great collections, author Maria Luisa Lopez-Vidriero moves beyond Protestant-Catholic intellectual and religious differences and begins to define a European eighteenth-century female literary canon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780712349079
Publisher: British Library, The
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Series: British Library - Panizzi Lectures Series , #2004
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Maria Luisa López-Vidriero is the director of the Royal Library in Madrid and co-director of the Institute for the History of the Book and Reading in Salamanca.

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