Reconsidering the Political Role of Anna of Denmark

  • Anna WhitelockEmail author
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This chapter re-examines the nature and significance of the political role played by Anna of Denmark, James I’s queen’s consort. Whilst traditional historiography has dismissed her activities as frivolous and politically irrelevant, Whitelock argues that Anna was a queen directly involved in court politics through her patronage of, and performance in, court masques; her role in her children’s marriage alliances; her promotion of particular causes and individuals; and her involvement in the factional politics around her husband’s favourites. As revisionist scholarship has now emphasized, court entertainments were an important vehicle through which political themes and identities could be developed. Moreover, by performing in the masques, Anna was able to craft an image of herself as a queen of mythic proportions and played a significant and overlooked political role at the Jacobean court and in the establishment of the Stuart monarchy in England.


Jacobean Court Court Entertainments Stuart Court Masque Pembrokes Stuart Queen 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK

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