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The Wedding of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, 1625
Celebrations and Controversy

M.-C. Canova-Green, S. Wolfson (eds.)
approx. 350 p., 18 b/w ill. + 18 colour ill., 178 x 254 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-58532-1
Languages: English
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The union of 1625 between Charles Stuart, the Protestant king of Great Britain, and Henrietta Maria, a Catholic Bourbon princess, was a unique cross-confessional alliance in post-Reformation Europe. The volume brings together literary, art, music, and political-cultural scholars to explore for the first time the variety of celebrations that accompanied the match.

On 11 May 1625 Charles I married Henrietta Maria, the youngest sister of Louis XIII of France. The match signalled Britain’s firm alignment with France against Habsburg Spain and promised well for future relations between the two countries. However, the union between a Protestant king and a Catholic princess was controversial from the start and the marriage celebrations were fraught with tensions. They were further disrupted by the sudden death of James I and an outbreak of the plague, which prevented large-scale public celebrations in London. The British weather also played its part. In fact, unlike other state occasions, the celebrations exposed weaknesses in the display of royal grandeur and national superiority. To a large extent they also failed to hide the tensions in the Stuart-Bourbon alliance. Instead they revealed the conflicting expectations of the two countries, each convinced of its own superiority and intent on furthering its own national interests. Less than two years later Britain was effectively in a state of war against France.

In this volume, leading scholars from a variety of disciplines explore for the first time the marriage celebrations of 1625, with a view to uncovering the differences and misunderstandings beneath the outward celebration of union and concord. By taking into account the ceremonial, political, religious and international dimensions of the event, the collection paints a rounded portrait of a union that would become personally successful, but complicated by the various tensions played out in the marriage celebrations and discussed here

Introduction–MALCOLM SMUTS * The Anglo-French-Scottish Marital Triangle, c. 1200-1625 – LUCINDA DEAN * Charles and Henrietta Maria, Personality and Politics, 1600-1625 –J.R. MULRYNE * Henrietta Maria, Pierre de Bérulle and the Plague of 1625-1626 –KAREN BRITLAND * Henrietta Maria’s Progress through France and the Entry into Amiens –M-C. CANOVA-GREEN * Dressing and Decorating for the Wedding Celebrations of 1625 –ERIN GRIFFEY * Multiple Voices in Festival Accounts of the Marriage of Charles and Henrietta Maria –MARGARET SHEWRING * The Welcoming Journey of Queen Henrietta Maria and Stuart-Bourbon Relations, 1625–26 –SARA WOLFSON * John Finch’s Speech for the King and Queen at Canterbury –SARA TREVISAN * Robert Herrick, Clipsby Crew, and the Politics of English Epithalamium in 1625 –KEVIN LAAM *The Festivities that Never Were, 1625-1626 –SYDNEY ANGLO * The Forms of Court Ballets in France, 1621–27 –MARGARET M. MCGOWAN * Inigo Jones between a Spanish Princess and a French Queen –JOHN PEACOCK *The’ French Court Aires With their Ditties Englished’ of 1629 –THOMAS LECONTE * A Nuptial Allegory on the Ceiling of the Queen’s BedChamber at the Queen’s House, Greenwich –GORDON HIGGOTT * Appendices * Index

Marie-Claude Canova-Green is Professor of French at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has research interests in European Court entertainments and has edited a four-volume collection of seventeenth-century ballet libretti. She has also published monographs on Molière and early modern French drama. Her most recent edited collection is Writing Royal Entries in Early Modern Europe (Brepols, 2013). Her latest book, Faire le roi. L’autre corps de Louis XIII, came out in 2018 (Librairie Arthème Fayard). She is currently working on an edition of the complete works of the French playwright Raymond Poisson for Éditions Garnier.

Sara J. Wolfson was Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Canterbury Christ Church University and is currently at the Open University. Her research interests chiefly concern the female court and household of Queen Henrietta Maria, above all the political, social and religious roles that Caroline court women played in the period 1625-1669. Her first monograph on Caroline Court Women, 1625-1669 is under contract with Manchester University Press. She has recently co-edited a collection of essays on Stuart Marriage Diplomacy: Dynastic Politics in their European Context, 1604-1630 (Boydell and Brewer, 2018) and is co-editing a special issue of the Women’s History Review journal on premodern queenship and diplomacy (forthcoming 2019).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Contributors

Foreword

Introduction: Festivals, Dynastic Alliances and Political History: Notes on the History and Historiography of Royal Weddings —

MALCOLM SMUTS

1.‘Keeping your Friends Close, But your Enemies Closer’? The Anglo-French-Scottish Marital Triangle, c. 1200–1625 —

LUCINDA DEAN

2. Paradoxical Princes: Charles and Henrietta Maria, Personality and Politics, 1600–1625 —

J.R. MULRYNE

3. A Ring of Roses: Henrietta Maria, Pierre de Bérulle and the Plague of 1625–1626 —

KAREN BRITLAND

4. Love, Politics and Religion: Henrietta Maria’s Progress through France and the Entry into Amiens —

M.-C. CANOVA-GREEN

5. ‘All Rich as Invention Can Frame, or Art Fashion’: Dressing and Decorating for the Wedding Celebrations of 1625 —

ERIN GRIFFEY

6. Divergent Discourses: Multiple Voices in Festival Accounts of the Marriage of Charles and Henrietta Maria —

MARGARET SHEWRING

7. The Welcoming Journey of Queen Henrietta Maria and Stuart-Bourbon Relations, 1625–1626 —

SARA WOLFSON

8. Nebuchadnezzar, Charlemagne and Aeneas: John Finch’s Speech for the King and Queen at Canterbury —

SARA TREVISAN

9. Robert Herrick, Clipsby Crew, and the Politics of English Epithalamium in 1625 —

KEVIN LAAM

10. The Festivities that Never Were, 1625–1626 —

SYDNEY ANGLO

11. A French Antique: The Forms of Court Ballets in France, 1621–1627 —

MARGARET M. MCGOWAN

12. Inigo Jones between a Spanish Princess and a French Queen —

JOHN PEACOCK

13. Mutual Fruitfulness: A Nuptial Allegory on the Ceiling of the Queen’s Bedchamber at the Queen’s House, Greenwich —

GORDON HIGGOTT

Appendix 1: A Transcript of A True Discourse of All the Royal Passages, Tryumphs and Ceremonies, observed at the Contract and Mariage of the High and Mighty Charles, King of Britain

ELLA HAWKINS

Appendix 2: A Transcript of A Relation of the Glorious Triumphs and Order of the Ceremonies —

MARGARET SHEWRING

Index

Interest Classification:
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Social & economic history
Cultural & intellectual history
Early modern European history (1501-1800) : local & regional history
British Isles
France

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