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Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe

Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette

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  • Examines how Marie Antoinette and Henrietta Maria navigated their roles as wives, mothers, household managers, and


Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Carolyn Harris
    Pages 1-14
  3. Carolyn Harris
    Pages 15-47
  4. Carolyn Harris
    Pages 49-84
  5. Carolyn Harris
    Pages 85-120
  6. Carolyn Harris
    Pages 121-153
  7. Carolyn Harris
    Pages 193-201
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 203-273

About this book


Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of King Louis XVI of France and Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I of England were two of the most notorious queens in European history. They both faced accusations that they had transgressed social, gender and regional norms, and attempted to defend themselves against negative reactions to their behavior. Each queen engaged with the debates of her time concerning the place of women within their families, religion, politics, the public sphere and court culture and attempted to counter criticism of her foreign origins and political influence. The impeachment of Henrietta Maria in 1643 and trial and execution of Marie Antoinette in 1793 were also trials of monarchical government that shaped the English Civil Wars and French Revolution.


civil war Europe revolution Henrietta Maria Marie Antoinette English Civil Wars French Revolution

About the authors

Carolyn Harris is an instructor in history at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Canada. She received her PhD in European history at Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada in 2012. Harris is the author of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada. 
Carolyn Harris won the 2016 award for the best book published in 2015-2016 on the history of monarchy. This award is given by the Royal Studies Network.

Bibliographic information


“Harris’s Queenship and Revolution does offer is an excellent example of careful archival scholarship and thoughtful gender analysis. … Harris’s Queenship and Revolution is a valuable addition to the ongoing scholarly conversation about queenship … .” (Sharon Jansen, Canadian Journal of History, Vol. 52 (1), 2017)