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This podcast is connected to the Royal Studies Network and the Royal Studies Journal and covers topics related to monarchical history as well as featuring new research and publications in the field of royal studies. Join us for interviews, roundtable discussions and more covering all things royal studies and highlighting the latest and greatest in the field!
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In this episode, host Ellie Woodacre interviews the winner of the Royal Studies Journal Book Prize 2024--Matthew Fitzpatrick. In the interview, we discuss his prize winning book The Kaiser and the Colonies: Monarchy in the Age of Empire (Oxford University Press, 2022), including the inspiration behind the project, the character of Kaiser Wilhelm II…
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This episode is an interview with Nadia van Pelt about her new book, Intercultural Explorations and the Court of Henry VIII which came out with OUP in December 2023. In this episode Dr Ellie Woodacre asks the author about the inspiration behind the book, the role of the fool at the Tudor court and about an exciting document that Nadia discovered wh…
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This episode, hosted by Dr Ellie Woodacre, features another roundtable with members of the Henry on Tour project team--we discuss the progresses of Henry VIII and the big themes of the project including kingship & queenship, logistics, legacy and performance. About the project: This exciting three-year venture brings together a cross-disciplinary t…
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In this episode we feature a project which aims to collect all known images of queens and royal women, called “Reines en images”. Host Ellie Woodacre interviews the project's creator, Matthieu Mensch, discussing the genesis of the project, plans for future expansion and the relevance to images of royal women today. If you are interested in getting …
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This episode features e-Reginae, an exciting project in the field of queenship studies, based at the University of Lisbon. This roundtable includes three members of the project team: project leader Professor Ana Maria S.A Rodrigues, Inês Olaia and Pedro de Sousa. We'll be discussing the project aims, the inspiration behind e-Reginae and their plans…
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In this episode, Susannah Lyon-Whaley is joined by Susan Taylor-Leduc to discuss her latest book and ongoing research on Marie Antoinette and gardens. Susan's 2022 book on Marie Antoinette - Marie Antoinette's Legacy: The Politics of French Garden Patronage and Picturesque Design, 1775-1867 - is available from Amsterdam University Press here. More …
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In this episode, Ellie Woodacre interviews Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones on his new book The Cleopatras. The Forgotten Queens of Egypt, published by Wildfire/Basic Books in May 2024. We discuss the need for this book which looks at all seven of the Cleopatras who were dynamic and fascinating co-rulers of Ptolemaic Egypt. We also discuss the particular dyna…
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In this episode on Egyptian kingship we are speaking to Dr Caleb R. Hamilton (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Kāi Tahu). Caleb is the Pouārahi, Principal Advisor Environmental Outcomes for Houkura, the Independent Māori Statutory Board. He was previously an Aporei Mātai (Principal Anaylst) at Te Puni Kōkiri and was Pou Matua Taonga Tuku Iho (Principal A…
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In this episode, we have a roundtable with the lead editor and three contributors to the new collection, Notions of Privacy at Early Modern European Courts: Reassessing the Public and Private Divide, 1400-1800 (AUP, 2024). We discuss whether the term 'privacy' is problematic in terms of early modern court life and what expectations monarchs themsel…
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This episode features a new book series 'Monarchy, History and Culture' at AUP. The series seeks to publish studies on monarchy, both individual and comparative, from the ancient world to the French Revolution. In this episode, we interview two of the series editors to discuss what kind of work they are hoping to feature and tips for authors who wo…
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Today’s episode celebrates the publication of Floral Culture and the Tudor and Stuart Courts, ed. Susannah Lyon-Whaley (Amsterdam University Press, 2024). These interdisciplinary essays engage with flowers as real, artificial, and represented objects across the Tudor and Stuart courts in gardens, literature, painting, interior furnishing, garments,…
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In this episode, hosted by Susannah Lyon-Whaley, we have a roundtable highlighting recent research on royal mistresses and the important part they played in the French and English monarchies. Guest Biographies: Tracy Adams is a professor in European Languages and Literatures at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has also taught at the Uni…
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We are back with Part 2 of our feature on 'Young Queens', featuring Dr Nicola Tallis and her new book, Young Elizabeth! In this interview we discuss how important it is to examine Elizabeth's childhood in order to understand the great queen that she became. As a point of connection with the interview with Leah Chang on her Young Queens book, we dis…
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We open 2024 with a two-part feature on Young Queens, featuring two new books which look at young royal women in 16th century Europe. Our first interview is with Leah Redmond Chang, author of Young Queens (Bloomsbury, 2023). In this episode we talk about the three women featured in her book (Catherine de Medici, Elisabeth de Valois and Mary Queen o…
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This episode features Dr James Taffe speaking with Dr Johanna Strong about his latest publication, Christmas with the Tudors, out now! They discuss the book more generally as well as Christmas traditions of the Twelve Days of Christmas, gifts, and the role of queens in celebrations. To buy Christmas with the Tudors, head to Amazon UK, Amazon USA, A…
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This episode, we are joined by Dr Valerie Schutte for a conversation about her forthcoming Royal Studies Journal Cluster, due for publication next month. Valerie Schutte has published widely on royal Tudor women, book dedications, and queenship. She has published two monographs: Mary I and the Art of Book Dedications: Royal Women, Power, and Persua…
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Later Stuart Queens, 1660–1735: Religion, Political Culture, and Patronage (edited by Eilish Gregory and Michael Questier) is part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Queenship and Power series and seeks to re-insert queens into the mainstream of Stuart and early Georgian studies. It will be published in December 2023. Today we are speaking with Dr. Eilish Gre…
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This podcast shines a spotlight on three items of dress in the V&A collections with a courtly or royal theme. Susan North, Curator of Fashion 1550-1800 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, speaks about their style, materials, where and when they would have been worn, and caring for them. In this podcast, we discuss: A resplendently embroidered mantua, …
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Sarah A. Bendall is a material culture and gender historian at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, ACU. Her first book, Shaping Femininity, was published with Bloomsbury in 2021. It was shortlisted for the Society of Renaissance Studies (UK) biannual book prize in 2022 and awarded highly commended. She is co-investigator on the AHRC-f…
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Dr. Erin Griffey is a specialist in early modern visual and material culture at the University of Auckland and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. She has published widely on court culture, especially the early seventeenth-century British queen Henrietta Maria and the Stuart court. She has written On Display: Henrietta Maria and the Materials o…
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In this episode, we interview Professor Kathleen Wilson-Chevalier, the host of the upcoming Kings & Queens 13 conference in May 2024 at The American University of Paris. In this interview, Kathleen tells us all about the inspiration behind the theme "Gift-giving and Communication Networks". We also discuss the conference's commemoration of the 500t…
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This episode features an interview with Polly Putnam and Holly Marsden, two of the team responsible for Historic Royal Palaces' innovative 'Crown to Couture' exhibition which is running until 29 October 2023. To find out more about the exhibition, follow this link and most importantly, have a listen to this episode to hear more about the inspiratio…
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This very special episode features Diana Pelaz Flores, guest editor of the current Royal Studies Journal special issue 'The Iberian Queen's Households: Dynamics, Social Strategies and Royal Power' (Vol 10.1, June 2023). Diana is the 'host' of this episode, in conversation with Lledó Ruiz Domingo and Paula Del Val Vales, who both contributed article…
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This episode features an interview with the winner of the Royal Studies Journal 2023 Postgraduate/Early Career Scholar Article Prize. In this interview we'll be discussing her prizewinning article and the disastrous Medici/Habsburg marriage that inspired it! Guest Bio: Adriana Concin is the Assistant Curator of Paintings and Drawings at the Victori…
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In this episode, Rob Runacres (University of Winchester) speaks about aspects of his doctoral research on fencing and HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) in early modern European courts and royal education. Rob’s two translations from French primary sources are available from Fallen Rook Publishing (https://www.fallenrookpublishing.co.uk/). The…
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Join us for this episode featuring postgraduate research students Louise Gay and Ashlee Johnson, who speak to Dr Johanna Strong about their research into queens' roles in warfare, conflict, and military life in medieval Europe. Louise is a PhD student at the Université Sorbonne Paris Nord examining thirteenth- and fourteenth-century French and Engl…
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In this episode we are joined by Nikki Clark and Caroline Dunn to speak about their work on the role of ladies-in-waiting in the medieval and early modern English court. We’ll hear their reflections on how the role changed over time and what life was like for these women as well as their thoughts about Queen Camilla’s decision to eliminate this pos…
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This episode is the second of two episodes on the history of coronations in England and Britain in connection with the upcoming coronation of King Charles III. In this episode we are talking to Alice Hunt, author of The Drama of Coronation. We’ll be getting her thoughts on the legacy of the medieval and early modern ceremonies on the upcoming coron…
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This episode is the first of two episodes on the history of coronations in England and Britain in connection with the upcoming coronation of King Charles III. In this episode we are talking to José Manuel Cerda about his new book Coronation: The British Monarchy in only one word (Coronación. La monarquía británica en una sola palabra) and his thoug…
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In this episode, we continue this month's theme on deposed or deposing monarchs with an interview with Dr Cathleen Sarti about her work on this topic in early modern Europe. Below we have some recommendations from Cathleen if you would like to know more about the topic or follow up on some of the works she mentions in the interview: Sarti, Cathleen…
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Alex Bescoby is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer and presenter from Manchester, UK, with a love of history, travel and storytelling. A Cambridge University history and politics graduate, he has written for BBC News, the Telegraph, National Geographic and Lonely Planet. His long- and short-form films have been shown by global broadcast…
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This episode is a roundtable hosted by Johanna Strong featuring four scholars (Elena Woodacre, Sarah Betts, Lucy Coatman and Jessica Storoschuk) discussing representations of monarchy on the small and silver screen. Topics of discussion include Netflix's The Crown and The Empress, K-Dramas on the Joseon dynasty, Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola's …
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In connection with International Women's Day, we have a feature on the research of Dr Helen Newsome and her work on the letter writing of queens. In this episode we discuss her work on editing the impressive letter collection of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots and her new research project 'The Queen's Post'. To find out more about Dr Newsome's resea…
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In this special three part podcast, Ellie Woodacre discusses the English Consorts series with members of the editorial team. This is the third episode, featuring as a conversation with the editors of volumes 2 & 3, Dr Joanna Laynesmith and Dr Aidan Norrie, who is also the lead editor of the entire four-volume series. If you haven't already listened…
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In this special three part podcast, Ellie Woodacre discusses the English Consorts series with members of the editorial team. This is the second episode, featuring a discussion with the editors of volumes 1 & 4, Dr Danna Messer and Dr Carolyn Harris (respectively). If you haven't already listened to our first episode on the English Consorts series, …
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In this episode we are speaking to Nicola Tallis, best-selling author and historian about her new book All the Queen's Jewels and her wider work on Tudor royal women. Find out more about Nicola and all of her publications on her website. If you enjoyed hearing about her book and want to learn more about the jewellry collection of queens and royal w…
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This episode features contributors from the Team Queens initiative, reflecting on their collective work on Team Queens and their own exciting research on queenship and royal studies. You can find out more about Team Queens and the work that the team produced together on their website--please note that as the active stage of the project has finished…
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In this episode we're chatting with Sarah Betts, who has curated a 'cluster' of short pieces from various scholars in the field reflecting back on the life and legacy of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. After you have a listen to the episode, go check out the cluster in the December 2022 issue of the the Royal Studies Journal!…
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In this special two part podcast, Ellie Woodacre discusses the English Consorts series with members of the editorial team. The English Consorts Series reveals the changing nature of English consortship from the Norman Conquest to the present day, through four volumes of innovative and authoritative biographies. Aidan Norrie is Lecturer in History a…
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This week we talk to Cathleen Sarti and Charlotte Backerra, co-founders of the Queen's Resources international research project investigating the economic agency and activities of royal women in premodern Europe. In monarchies, power, law, finances, and economy were and are intertwined aspects of the royal household. Analysing the economic and fina…
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This month we talk to the Royal Studies Journal Book Prize Winner 2022, Dr. Jonathan Spangler, about his book "Monsieur: Second Sons in the Monarchy of France, 1550–1800". Read Dr Spangler's prize winning work here: https://www.routledge.com/Monsieur-Second-Sons-in-the-Monarchy-of-France-15501800/Spangler/p/book/9780367761943…
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This month we discuss the latest Royal Studies Journal Special Issue 9.1 June 2022 with special editor Dustin M. Neighbors, University of Helsinki: "Beyond the Public/Private Divide: New Perspectives on Sexuality, Rituals, Hospitality, and Diplomacy within Royal Space". Dr Neighbors is a recently appointed as postdoctoral researcher for The History…
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In this week's podcast we speak to Dr. Cindy McCreery, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, Australia, about her lead in Modern Monarchy in Global Perspective Research Hub. https://global-modern-monarchy.sydney.edu.au/ and the convening of an international conference online: “Going Platinum: Australian responses…
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In this week's podcast we talk to Estelle Paranque about her new book covering two amazing women from history - Elizabeth I and Catherine de' Medici. Estelle Paranque is an Assistant Professor in History at NCH at Northeastern (London campus). She has participated in several international historical documentaries on TV, including BBC Two's The Bole…
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Dr. Gabrielle Storey hosts part 2 of this fascinating round table discussion - Memorialising Pre-Modern Monarchs. Links to the works discussed in this podcast can be found below: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-84130-0 https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/the-middle-ages-in-modern-culture-history-and-authenticity-in-contempor…
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This month we talk to Dr Rachel Delman about her Royal Studies Journal prize winning article and her wider work on royal women and architectural patronage. Almost two hundred years before Inigo Jones completed the Queen’s House for Henrietta Maria at Greenwich, another French-born queen consort of England had established the first queenly household…
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