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!
Publication Feature: Floral Culture and the Tudor and Stuart Courts
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, and as jewels, medicine, and food. If the rose operated as a particularly English lingua franca of royal power across two dynasties, this volume sheds light on an array of wild and garden flowers to offer an immersive picture of how the Tudor and Stuart courts lived and functioned, styled and displayed themselves through flowers.
Eleri Lynn is a fashion and textiles historian and curator. She is the author of several monographs including Tudor Fashion (Yale University Press, 2017, winner of the Historians of British Art Prize), and Tudor Textiles (Yale University Press, 2020). Eleri is the curator of several major exhibitions including The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I (Hampton Court Palace, 2019).
Maria Hayward is professor of early modern history at the University of Southampton. She works on material culture at the Tudor and Stuart courts. Her books include Rich Apparel: Clothing and the Law in Henry VIII’s England (2009), and Stuart Style: Monarchy, Dress and the Scottish Male Elite (2021).
Beverly Lemire is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair, University of Alberta, Canada and a Member of the Order of Canada. She publishes widely on the gendered and racialised history of fashion, global trade, and material culture (c. 1600–1840) from British, European, colonial, and comparative perspectives. She is co-editor with Christopher Breward and Giorgio Riello of the two-volume Cambridge Global History of Fashion (2023):
Susan M. Cogan is an Associate Professor of History at Utah State University. Her research focuses on social, religious, and environmental history of late-medieval and early modern England. Her publications include Catholic Social Networks in Early Modern England: Kinship, Gender, and Coexistence (Amsterdam, 2021) and articles on gardens, architecture, antiquarianism, and gender.
A Floral Recipe to Try at Home:
‘A Second Course Dish in the Beginning of the Spring’ aka a floral recipe for ‘dough balls’ or ‘doughnuts’ from William Rabisha, The Whole Body of Cookery (London: 1661), 205.
Take of Primrose-leaves two handfuls, and boyl them, and scruise the water from them, and mince them small, three Pippins, season it with Cinamon, put to it half a handful of dry floure, and the yolks of eight eggs, only two whites of the same, mingle this together, adding a little Sugar, Cream, and Rose-water, your stuff must be thick that it run not abroad, your pan being hot with clarified Butter, drop them in by less then spoonfuls, and fry them on both sides as crisp as you can, dish them, and scrape on Sugar.
Roundtable Feature: Royal Mistresses
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.
Tracy Adams is a professor in European Languages and Literatures at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has also taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Miami, and the University of Lyon III. She was a Eurias Senior Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies 2011-2012, an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions Distinguished International Visiting Fellow in 2014 and a fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek fellowship in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, in 2016. She is the author of Violent Passions: Managing Love in the Old French Verse Romance (2005), The Life and Afterlife of Isabeau of Bavaria (2010), Christine de Pizan and the Fight for France (2014), Agnès Sorel and the French Monarchy (2022), and Reflections on Extracting Elite Women’s Stories from Medieval and Early Modern French Narrative Sources (2023). With Christine Adams, she co-authored The Creation of the French Royal Mistress from Agnès Sorel to Madame Du Barry (2020). With Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier, she is co-editor of the volume The Waxing of the Middle Ages (2023).
Christine Adams is professor of European history at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She publishes primarily in French gender and family history (17th–19th centuries). Author of A Taste for Comfort and Status: A Bourgeois Family in Eighteenth-Century France (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000) and Poverty, Charity, and Motherhood: Maternal Society in Nineteenth-Century France (University of Illinois Press, 2010), her most recent book, with Tracy Adams, is The Creation of the French Royal Mistress: From Agnès Sorel to Madame Du Barry (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2020). Adams was a 2020–2021 fellow with the American Council of Learned Societies and a spring 2021 Andrew W. Mellon long-term fellow at the Newberry Library, where she worked on her current book project on The Merveilleuses and their Impact on the French Social Imaginary, 1794–1799 and Beyond. She also writes frequently on current events, including politics, education, gender, and reproductive rights.
Mirabelle is a PhD student in Art History at the University of Auckland. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the visual representation of Maria Fitzherbert (1756-1837), through the lenses of celebrity culture, erotic capital, and female reputation. Maria was the mistress, and illegal wife, of King George IV of England (1762-1830). Mirabelle completed her Master of Arts with First Class Honours in Art History in 2021. Her thesis examined the relationship between portraiture, gender, and sexuality at the Restoration Court, focusing on two of the royal mistresses of Charles II (1630-1685), Louise de Kéroualle (1649-1734) and Barbara Villiers (1640-1709). In 2019 she received her BA(Hons) with First Class Honours in Art History. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Art History and Classical Studies, she was awarded the Louise Perkins Prize as the top graduating student in Art History.
Tracy Adams. Agnès Sorel and the French Monarchy: History, Gallantry, and National Identity. ARC Humanities Press, 2022.
Tracy Adams and Christine Adams. The Creation of the French Royal Mistress: From Agnès Sorel to Madame Du Barry. Penn State University Press, 2020.
Young Queens Feature (Part 2): Interview with Nicola Tallis
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 discuss some of those same challenges that young royal women faced and new ways to approach well-known queens like Elizabeth I.
Nicola graduated from Bath Spa University with a first class BA Hons. degree in History in 2011, and from Royal Holloway College, University of London in 2013 with an MA in Public History. She did her PhD at the University of Winchester--her thesis titled ‘All the Queen’s Jewels, 1445-1548’, examined the jewellery collections of the queens of the Wars of the Roses and the early Tudor queens, and the role of jewels during this period (see links below to the book she published based on her doctoral research).
Nicola has had a varied career in the history and heritage sector working with Hampton Court Palace, the National Trust and as the curator at Sudeley Castle. Additionally, since 2013 she has been one of the resident historians for Alison Weir Tours. Nicola has written for a number of history magazines, including BBC History Magazine, History Revealed and Explore. She's also made numerous television and radio appearances, including Frankie Boyle’s Farewell to the Monarchy (Channel 4), Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC), The Gunpowder Plot (Channel 5), and The Vikings (Channel 5).
Find out more about Nicola and her publications:
Nicola's websiteCrown of Blood: Lady Jane GreyUncrowned Queen: Margaret BeaufortElizabeth’s Rival: Lettice KnollysAll the Queen’s JewelsYoung Elizabeth
Young Queens Feature (Part 1): Interview with Leah Redmond Chang
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 of Scots), why it's important to look at 'young queens' and the particular challenges they faced as young women and royal brides.
Guest Bio: Leah Redmond Chang is a former Associate Professor of French and Director of the French Literature Programme at George Washington University, and was most recently a Senior Research Associate at University College London.
She is the author of two previous books: Into Print: The Production of Female Authorship in Early Modern France and Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters, winner of the Josephine Roberts Award from the International Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Find out more about Leah at her website.
Keep your eyes out for Part 2 in our Young Queens feature, an interview with Nicola Tallis about her new book, Young Elizabeth, coming soon!
Interview with James Taffe: Christmas with the Tudors
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, Amazon Australia, or Amazon Canada (to name but a few!).
If you know of any other references to Tudor Christmas celebrations, James would love to hear from you! You can find him on Twitter here.
Interview with Valerie Schutte: Royal Studies Journal Cluster
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 Persuasion (2015) and Princesses Mary and Elizabeth Tudor and the Gift Book Exchange (2021). She has also edited or co-edited seven volumes on Mary I, Shakespeare, and queenship. Her most recent edited collection - Mid-Tudor Queenship and Memory: The Making and Remaking of Lady Jane Grey and Mary I - was published in Palgrave Macmillan's Queenship and Power series in September 2023. Other recent publications include: "Defending the Faith: Johann Slotan and Queen Mary I" in the Journal of the Early Book Society and "Anne of Cleves: Bound for England" in Royal Journeys in Early Modern Europe: Progresses, Palaces and Panache, edited by Anthony Musson and J.P.D. Cooper. Valerie is currently editing two other volumes, one on Tudor monarchs and myths, and the other on Mary I and humanism. She is also writing a cultural biography of Anne of Cleves. Valerie also has a forthcoming essay on 500 years of reprints of Juan Luis Vives's Instruction of a Christian Woman, that will be published this winter in the Journal of the Early Book Society.
For more on Dr Schutte's research, follow her on Instagram and at her website.
The Winter 2023 RSJ Cluster (in issue 10.2 to be released in December 2023) contains the following articles:
The Sexualization Of a “Noble and Vertuous Quene”: Elizabeth of York, 1466-1503: William B. Robison Questioning an Honest Queen: The Scrutiny Around Queen Catherine of Aragon's Virginity: Emma Luisa Cahill Marrón “This Dolorous Chance”: Contemporary Views on Catherine of Aragon’s Pregnancy Losses: Caroline Armbruster Visualising Sexuality and Maternity in the Royal Entries of Mary Tudor (1514) and Anne Boleyn (1533): Charlotte Samways Sexuality and Grace, Grazia: What made Anne Boleyn so special?: Tracy Adams Bodies in Competition: Italian Descriptions of Sexuality, Fertility, and Beauty in the King’s Great Matter: Samantha PerezDiplomatic Presentations of Queen Mary I’s 1555 Pregnancy: Ailish Girling & Valerie Schutte