The literary afterlives of the Tudor consorts

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The Tudor consorts occupy a unique position in the public consciousness due to the ongoing production of, and interest in, fictions about their lives. In this essay, I will demonstrate that what is truly unique about the Tudor consorts is their sheer ubiquity in historical fictions. While the reputations of some consorts have been peculiarly static, the afterlives of other consorts remain contested. Anne Boleyn, in particular, has attracted several hundred historical fictions retelling the circumstances of her life and fall. Elizabeth of York has also recently had a renaissance of interest, largely due to interest in Richard III. This essay traces the literary afterlives of the Tudor consorts, exploring the relationship of history, gender, sexuality and power in the fictionalizations of the lives of these royal women.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTudor and Stuart consorts
Subtitle of host publicationpower, influence, and dynasty
EditorsAidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J. L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer, Elena Woodacre
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030951979
ISBN (Print)9783030951962
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameQueenship and Power
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2730-938X
ISSN (Electronic)2730-9398


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