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Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts

Power, Influence, and Dynasty

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

  • Offers in-depth, thematic essays that explore vital aspects of the consorts role

  • Reflects on the unique challenges of different periods of history and their impact on consorts

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

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Windsor Consorts

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 155-155
    2. Mary of Teck: A Dutiful Consort

      • Cindy McCreery
      Pages 189-210
    3. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon: The People’s Matriarch

      • Daniella McCahey
      Pages 211-231
    4. Prince Philip: The Unlikely Moderniser

      • Sarah Gristwood
      Pages 233-253
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 301-310

About this book

This book examines the lives and tenures of the consorts of the Hanoverian, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Windsor monarchs from 1727 to the present. Some of the consorts examined in this volume—such as Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, consort to George VI—are well known while others, including Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, consort to William IV, are more obscure. These innovative and authoritative biographies bring a fresh approach to the consorts of this period, revealing their lasting influence on the monarchy. In addition to covering a period that has seen the development of constitutional monarchy and increased media scrutiny of the whole royal family, this volume also looks to the future of the British monarchy, suggesting ways that future consorts can learn from the example of their predecessors. This volume and its companions reveal the changing nature of British consortship from the Norman Conquest to today.


  • Monarchy Studies
  • Royal Studies
  • Caroline of Brunswick
  • Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • Caroline of Ansbach
  • Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
  • Mary of Teck
  • Philip, Duke of Edinburgh


"Spanning Hanoverians to Windsors, this fascinating and insightful collection reveals the creative agency of consorts. These finely crafted studies explore the consorts’ responses to surprisingly long-lasting assumptions about a consort’s identity and functions. Crucially, this compelling volume shows how access to an increasingly global stage and emerging forms of media opened up significant dynamics of power for consorts and established new mechanisms for both opportunity and oppression."
–Susan Broomhall, Australian Catholic University

"This fascinating volume explores how consorts from Caroline of Ansbach to the Duchess of Cambridge negotiated the constraints of their position to create both public and private roles for themselves. Entertaining as well as informative, it illuminates Queen Charlotte’s interest in Kew Gardens, Queen Alexandra’s use of dress as display, and the careful attempts of Prince Albert and the Duke of Edinburgh to make sense of their difficult constitutional position, as well as more controversial figures such as the politically minded Caroline of Ansbach and the scandalous Caroline of Brunswick."
–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: Hanoverian to Windsor 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:

  • 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 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-12828-8Published: 25 February 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-12831-8Due: 10 March 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-12829-5Published: 24 February 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2730-938X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-9398

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 310

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour

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

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-12829-5
  • 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 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)