Queenship in Britain, 1660-1837 : royal patronage, court culture, and dynastic politics /
edited by Clarissa Campbell Orr.
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2002.
xii, 300 p. : ill. (some col.).
0719057698 (hbk.)
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Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2002.
0719057698 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-01-01:
This interesting collection takes on a formidable task: to explore the complex set of connections that bound together gender and power in the body of British queens and princesses during the long 18th century. As in many such ambitious collections, the essays cannot help but be uneven. While most contributors are political historians, one is a museum curator and another a music historian. Surprisingly, not all of them choose to directly address the problem or dynamics of gender, although those who do, especially the editor on Queen Charlotte and Robert Bucholz on Queen Anne, make excellent contributions to the literature. Several essays, however, such as those on art and artistic patronage, would be more appropriate for a different and even more specialized audience. In sum, Orr's attempt to integrate the study of power and patronage in British courts with that of women's history should be applauded. Indeed, her introduction is an exciting contribution to a neglected issue. However, the content and approach of several of these essays illustrates just how much remains to be done in order to fully realize the project. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. J. A. Jaffe University of Wisconsin--Whitewater
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"...her introduction is an exciting contribution to a neglected issue."--J.A. Jaffe, Choice
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These essays look at how queens, princesses of Wales, and royal daughters used patronage powers and operated within confines of royal family politics between 1660 and 1837. The work unites approaches offered by gender history and court studies.
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This collection of essays looks at how Queens, Princesses of Wales, and royal daughters used their powers of patronage, and operated within the confines of royal family politics, between 1660-1837. This is a pioneering assessment of a neglected area, uniting new approaches offered by gender history and court studies, discussed in a substantial introduction.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. vi
List of contributorsp. ix
Editor's acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: court studies, gender and women's history, 1660-1837p. 1
Catherine of Braganza and cultural politicsp. 53
Mary Beatrice of Modena: the 'Second Bless'd of Woman-kind'?p. 74
Queen Anne: victim of her virtues?p. 94
Queen Caroline of Anspach and the European princely museum traditionp. 130
Queens-in-waiting: Caroline of Anspach and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha as Princesses of Walesp. 143
Anne of Hanover and Orange (1707-59) as patron and practitioner of the artsp. 162
The daughters of George II: marriage and dynastic politicsp. 193
'To play what game she pleased without observation': Princess Augusta and the political drama of succession, 1736-56p. 207
Queen Charlotte, 'Scientific Queen'p. 236
Queen Adelaide: malign influence or consort maligned?p. 267
Indexp. 289
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