Powerful queens throughout history have often been misunderstood and reduced to stereotypes, as they were judged through biased lenses that distorted their actions and motivations. By examining their lives, we can dispel these myths and gain a better understanding of their true character and legacy. Women like Empress Matilda and Eleanor of Aquitaine defied expectations and challenged the status quo, proving that women have played important roles in history by breaking gender norms.
Welcome to the Tudors Dynasty podcast’s miniseries on queenship! I’m your host Dr. Johanna Strong, and in this series, we’ll be traveling through time and around the world to learn more about global queenship.
In this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Ellie Woodacre and Amy Saunders for an introduction to queenship more generally and to how queenship is reflected in historical narratives. Ellie is a Reader in Renaissance History at the University of Winchester and the founder of the Royal Studies Network and their Kings & Queens conference series. She is an international authority on queenship. Amy is a Ph.D. at the University of Winchester, researching representations of the Stuart monarchy in heritage.
Anne of Cleves is quickly becoming one of the most popular of Henry VIII’s six queens. Thanks partly to today’s guest, historian Heather Darsie.
Think you’ve heard everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this fourth “wife” of Henry VIII? Think again! Today I’ve had some bombshells dropped on me that I did not expect. At the end of the episode, Heather tells us something quirky about Anne of Cleves that you will not expect – I sure didn’t!
In this flashback episode Rebecca is joined by Heather to chat about the Tudors – be warned, we had a lot of fun recording this episode. If you want a behind-the-scenes look at my friendship with Heather – this is the episode for you.
As this podcast continues to evolve, I decided this season, I would do my very first themed season. Queens! We’ll learn about a marvelous collection of queens from various guests. In this episode we look at daughter of James VI/I, sister of Charles I, and aunt of Charles II – Elizabeth Stuart.
Today, I am joined by Prof. Dr. Nadine Akkerman, literary historian, author and educator. Nadine’s access to Elizabeth Stuart’s original letters makes her the foremost authority on Elizabeth Stuart, and the perfect guest for to day’s show.