Skip to main content
  • Book
  • © 2022

Tudor and Stuart Consorts

Power, Influence, and Dynasty

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Examines the history of the English monarchy through the lives and legacies of royal consorts

  • Includes individual chapters on every Tudor and Stuart consort, as well as the wives of the two Lords Protector

  • Reflects on the challenges of different periods of history and the impact on the lives and tenures of consorts

Part of the book series: Queenship and Power (QAP)

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-95197-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvii
  2. The Tudor and Stuart Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty

    • Aidan Norrie, Joseph Massey
    Pages 1-9
  3. Tudor Consorts

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. The Tudor Consorts: History and Memory

      • Aidan Norrie
      Pages 13-17
    3. Elizabeth of York: Tudor Trophy Wife

      • Lauren Rose Browne
      Pages 19-40
    4. Anne Boleyn: Traditionalist and Reformer

      • Chloe Fairbanks, Samuel Lane
      Pages 59-78
    5. Jane Seymour: Saintly Queen

      • Aidan Norrie
      Pages 79-100
    6. Anne of Cleves: Survivor Queen

      • Valerie Schutte
      Pages 101-117
    7. Katherine Howard: Victim?

      • Nicola Clark
      Pages 119-138
    8. Katherine Parr: Wartime Consort and Author

      • Micheline White
      Pages 139-159
    9. Philip II of Spain: King, Consort, and Son

      • Mitchell Gould
      Pages 161-180
    10. The Literary Afterlives of the Tudor Consorts

      • Stephanie Russo
      Pages 181-200
  4. Stuart Consorts

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 201-201
    2. The Stuart Consorts and Scotland, 1603–1707

      • Joseph Massey
      Pages 203-210
    3. Henrietta Maria: Dangerous Consort

      • Susan Dunn-Hensley
      Pages 231-250
    4. Elizabeth and Dorothy Cromwell: Interreginas

      • Emelye Keyser
      Pages 251-269
    5. Catherine of Braganza: The Politician

      • Sophie Shorland
      Pages 271-290
    6. Mary Beatrice of Modena: A Queen Observed

      • Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
      Pages 291-311

About this book

"This important and engaging volume asks crucial questions about the meaning and exercise of power of the Tudor and Stuart consorts. Carefully nuanced studies interrogate the individuality and agency of the women and men—some well-known, others remarkably little studied—who fulfilled this role in the premodern period. Critically, this impressive collection offers a far deeper and much-needed analysis of the office of consort, recognising it as a critical component of early modern monarchy.”
–Susan Broomhall, Australian Catholic University, Australia

This book examines the lives and tenures of all the consorts of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs of England between 1485 and 1714, as well as the wives of the two Lords Protector during the Commonwealth. The figures in Tudor and Stuart Consorts are both incredibly familiar—especially the six wives of Henry VIII—and exceedingly unfamiliar, such as George of Denmark, the husband of Queen Anne. These innovative and authoritative biographies recognise the important role consorts played in a period before constitutional monarchy: in addition to correcting popular assumptions that are based on limited historical evidence, the chapters provide a fuller picture of the role of consort that goes beyond discussions of exceptionalism and subversion. This volume and its companions reveal the changing nature of English consortship from the Norman Conquest to today.

Aidan Norrie is Lecturer in History and Programme Leader at the University Campus North Lincolnshire, UK, and the Managing Editor of The London Journal.

Carolyn Harris is Instructor in History at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Canada, and a regular royal commentator in Canadian media.

J.L. Laynesmith is Visiting Research Fellow in Medieval Studies at the University of Reading, UK.

Danna R. Messer is Senior Acquisitions Editor at Arc Humanities Press, and the Executive Editor of The Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages.

Elena Woodacre is Reader in Renaissance History at the University of Winchester, UK, Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal, and the founder of the Royal Studies Network.

Keywords

  • Monarchy studies
  • Royal studies
  • Elizabeth of York
  • Katherine of Aragon
  • Anne Boleyn
  • Jane Seymour
  • Anne of Cleves
  • Catherine Howard
  • Catherine Parr
  • Tudor Consorts
  • Anna of Denmark
  • Henrietta Maria

Reviews

“This important and engaging volume asks crucial questions about the meaning and exercise of power of the Tudor and Stuart consorts. Carefully nuanced studies interrogate the individuality and agency of the women and men—some well-known, others remarkably little studied—who fulfilled this role in the premodern period. Critically, this impressive collection offers a far deeper and much-needed analysis of the office of consort, recognising it as a critical component of early modern monarchy.” (Susan Broomhall, Australian Catholic University, Australia)

“These readable and incisive essays bring to life the astonishing range of consorts in the Tudor and Stuart periods, including the six wives of Henry VIII, two foreign princes, and even the wives of Oliver Cromwell and his son. Consorts’ fertility (or lack of it) shaped national stories, but this collection shows that they mattered in other ways too and how they contributed to the political, cultural, and religious life of England and Scotland.” (Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University Campus North Lincolnshire, England, UK

    Aidan Norrie

  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

    Carolyn Harris

  • University of Reading, Reading, UK

    J. L. Laynesmith

  • York, UK

    Danna R. Messer

  • University of Winchester, Winchester, UK

    Elena Woodacre

About the editors

Aidan Norrie is Lecturer in History and Programme Leader at the University Campus North Lincolnshire, UK, and the Managing Editor of The London Journal.

Carolyn Harris is Instructor in History at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Canada, and a regular royal commentator in Canadian media.

J.L. Laynesmith is Visiting Research Fellow in Medieval Studies at the University of Reading, UK.

Danna R. Messer is Senior Acquisitions Editor at Arc Humanities Press, and the Executive Editor of The Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages.

Elena Woodacre is Reader in Renaissance History at the University of Winchester, UK, Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal, and the founder of the Royal Studies Network.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Tudor and Stuart Consorts

  • Book Subtitle: Power, Influence, and Dynasty

  • Editors: Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J. L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer, Elena Woodacre

  • Series Title: Queenship and Power

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-95197-9

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-95196-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-95197-9

  • Series ISSN: 2730-938X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-9398

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVII, 369

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: History of Britain and Ireland, History of Early Modern Europe, Imperialism and Colonialism, Gender Studies

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-95197-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)