Henrietta Maria, “Queen of Tears”?: Picturing and Performing the Cavalier Queen

  • Sarah Betts
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


This chapter considers the historical reputation of Queen Henrietta Maria, particularly the crucially intertwined nature of emotional appeal and visual iconography in her (national and international) posthumous imagery over the centuries since her life. Taking three different aspects of her afterlife—her loving marriage, her condemnation as a malign influence over her husband Charles I, and the tragedy of her life after his deposition and execution in 1649—it argues that emotion and image combine in these intensely human moments that resonate in subsequent culture. Looking again at a wide range of source material, from historical pageants to painting, fiction to Victorian stage melodrama, it traces how these emotional engagements with the past continue to reinterpret and reshape popular discourses around Henrietta Maria.



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  • Sarah Betts
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  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

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