An inflammatory match? Public anxiety and political assurance at the wedding of William III and Mary II

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Abstract

There were undercurrents of discontent amidst the public rejoicing which met the marriage of the future William III and Mary II in November 1677. This article examines the nature of those public misgivings and assesses how Stuart and Orange propaganda responded to the ensuing doubts and anxieties. Through detailed analysis of public festivities, medals and prints, it explores the development of complex images which endorsed the policies and personalities of husband and wife. Ultimately, these hitherto neglected representations of William and Mary were both persuasive and influential, providing the foundations for their regal portrayal, following the 1688 Revolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-750
Number of pages21
JournalHistorical Research
Volume89
Issue number246
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Prints
  • Medals
  • William III
  • Mary II
  • Anglo-Dutch Relations
  • Ritual
  • Festival
  • Propaganda

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