“What Power Have I Left?” Queen Victoria’s Bedchamber Crisis Revisited

  • Charles Beem
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


The final chapter of this study confronts a sort of monarch entirely different from the female rulers discussed in previous chapters. Mary I, Elizabeth I, and Anne were all mature, experienced women whose careers took place in the context of a politically powerful regal office. During the periods 1553–1603 and 1702–1714, these women had successfully accomplished a gendered transformation of the practical and symbolic authority of English kingship. In particular, the ability of Mary I and Elizabeth I to create a viable model of female sovereignty within male dominant political structures formed a permanent part of the fabric of English political evolution. This became clear following the Glorious Revolution, as a number of factors, discussed in the previous chapter, allowed Queen Anne recognition as an autonomous female ruler despite her married state.


Minority Government Royal Court Household Change Glorious Revolution Male Politician 
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