New Release: Visualising Protestant Monarchy

May 11 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Boydell Press have a new book out this month entitled Visualising Protestant Monarchy Ceremony, Art and Politics after the Glorious Revolution (1689-1714). The publication is the work of Julie Farguson, College Lecturer at St Hilda's College, Oxford.

According to the book's blurb:

This book provides the first comprehensive, comparative study of the visual culture of monarchy in the reigns of William and Mary and Queen Anne. It makes innovative use of material evidence and new primary sources to re-evaluate the practice of kingship and queenship to produce an original interpretation of the British monarchy during a period of vital transformation. The quarter century between the Glorious Revolution and the Georgian era witnessed prolonged military conflict with France and the birth of what we now call Great Britain. This book argues that a new style of monarchy likewise emerged in this period and that its survival largely depended on the efforts of the royal family: two English queens, a Dutch king and a Danish prince.

Through a study of art and material culture (paintings, prints, the decorative arts, architecture, dress and royal insignia) within the broader political context, the book explores how the English people were persuaded to transfer their loyalties from a traditional style of kingship, centred on ideas of divinely appointed rule and hereditary right, to one rooted in Protestantism and Parliament. 

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