Queenship and Power

Anna of Denmark and Henrietta Maria

Virgins, Witches, and Catholic Queens

Authors: Dunn-Hensley, Susan

  • Employs a unique comparative approach to trace representations of queenship from the Jacobean through the Caroline periods
  • Challenges misogynistic readings of the early Stuart queens and their political and artistic activities
  • Appeals to scholars of queenship studies, gender studies, early modern drama, and the Jacobean and Caroline periods
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This book examines how early Stuart queens navigated their roles as political players and artistic patrons in a culture deeply conflicted about the legitimacy of female authority. Anna of Denmark and Henrietta Maria both employed powerful female archetypes such as Amazons and the Virgin Mary in court performances. Susan Dunn-Hensley analyzes how darker images of usurping, contaminating women, epitomized by the witch, often merged with these celebratory depictions. By tracing these competing representations through the Jacobean and Caroline periods, Dunn-Hensley peels back layers of misogyny from historical scholarship and points to rich new lines of inquiry. Few have written about Anna’s religious beliefs, and comparing her Catholicism with Henrietta Maria’s illuminates the ways in which both women were politically subversive. This book offers an important corrective to centuries of negative representation, and contributes to a fuller understanding of the role of queenship in the English Civil War and the fall of the Stuart monarchy. 

About the authors

Susan Dunn-Hensley is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wheaton College, USA. Her essays on queenship and the sacred feminine appear in “High and Mighty Queens” of Early Modern England (Palgrave 2003) and in Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity (2010).

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-63227-8
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Hardcover ca. 93,59 €
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  • Due: September 25, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63226-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anna of Denmark and Henrietta Maria
Book Subtitle
Virgins, Witches, and Catholic Queens
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63227-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63227-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63226-1
Edition Number
1
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