Queenship and Exile: Representations of Mary Beatrice of Modena in England

Anna-Marie Linnell

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This article examines the representation of Queen Mary Beatrice of Modena, wife to King James II, from her arrival in England to her exile at the court of St Germain. It builds on recent scholarship, which emphasises the interactive dimensions of restoration court culture, in particular, the royal image. Based on primary research into hundreds of printed texts about Mary Beatrice of Modena, the article analyses how writers wrote and rewrote the queen consort’s image to participate in political debate. It argues that her imagined activities, or ‘dystopian diplomacy’, were important to contemporaries and central to debates about legitimacy in a divided political climate.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWomen's History Review
Early online date20 Oct 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


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