Conniving Queen, Frivolous Wife, or Romantic Heroine? The Afterlife of Queen Henrietta Maria

  • Susan Dunn-Hensley
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


In this chapter, I consider Henrietta Maria as she appears in academic studies, as well as in two works of historical fiction: Myself, My Enemy by Jean Plaidy, and Cavalier Queen by Fiona Mountain. These novels present the queen’s transgressive behavior—advocating for her Catholic faith, advising her husband, and leading the Royalist army into battle—in ways that contain the threat of the powerful woman. In addition, the reductive way these texts represent Henrietta Maria raises the question of how much license fiction writers should take with history, particularly in the case of historical figures such as queens consort whose life stories may be unknown to the majority of readers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Dunn-Hensley
    • 1
  1. 1.Wheaton CollegeWheatonUSA

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