My review in the Royal Studies Journal of British Royal Weddings: From the Stuarts to the Early Twentieth Century by Mattias Range

I reviewed British Royal Weddings: From the Stuarts to the Early Twentieth Century by Mattias Range in the latest issue of the Royal Studies Journal.

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New Review of Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty in The Royal Studies Journal

Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty, co-edited by Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J.L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer and Elena Woodacre has been reviewed by Amy-Jo Humphries at the University of Liverpool in The Royal Studies Journal.


“As well as the introductory and concluding chapters, Carolyn Harris provides vital contextual chapters for each section that highlights the similarities and differences between each consort and emphasises the value of bringing these individuals together in one volume…Carolyn Harris’s final chapter then looks to the present and future by drawing on the legacies of previous consorts to contextualise the roles of Camilla Shand and Catherine Middleton. The inclusion of the latter, in anticipation of her future role as queen consort, is welcome and will hopefully serve as a basis for future academic study. This collection builds a clear picture of the changes that have occurred within the monarchy since the eighteenth-century. It is a highly valuable collection, one which has broken ground for future research in eminently interesting and often understudied consorts.”

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Tudor and Stuart Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty now in Paperback

Tudor and Stuart Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty, edited by Aidan Norrie, J.L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer, Elena Woodacre, and myself is now available in a more affordable paperback edition from Palgrave History

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Review of Later Plantagenet and the Wars of the Roses Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty

Later Plantagenet and the Wars of the Roses Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty, edited by Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J.L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer and Elena Woodacre (Palgrave Macmillan: 2023) has been reviewed by Michele Seah in Parergon, Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Inc.), Volume 40, Number 2, 2023.

“One of Palgrave Macmillan’s latest publications in the series ‘Queenship and Power’ is a four-volume collection called English Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023), edited by Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J. L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer, and Elena Woodacre, all of whom possess impeccable credentials in queenship and royal studies. The collection features individual biographies of all English and British consorts since England fell to the Normans in 1066. This book, Later Plantagenet and the Wars of the Roses Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty, is the second volume of the collection…the generally excellent quality of its biographical chapters … [mean] this volume and the English Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty series are a most welcome addition to royal studies.” – Michele Seah, Parergon, Volume 40, Number 2

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New Book: Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty

Hanoverian to Windsor Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty, edited by Aidan Norrie, J.L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer, Elena Woodacre and myself is now available in hardcover and e-book from Palgrave Macmillan. The book includes new research and perspectives on all the consorts to the Hanoverian, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Windsor monarchs in Britain and the Commonwealth, examining three hundred years of royal history. I wrote the introduction to the volume and introductions to the sections on Hanoverian and Windsor Consorts as well as the final chapter about Camilla, Catherine and the future of the role of the royal consort.

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Yahoo News Interview: ‘There’s a special place in hell for Prince Harry’ to ‘genuinely gripping read’: Why ‘Spare’ has drawn so much scrutiny

I discussed how Prince Harry’s memoir Spare has been received in an interview with Abhya Adlakha at Yahoo News.

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New Book Chapter: Royal Tours of Canada in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II

A Resilient Crown: Canada’s Monarchy at the Platinum Jubilee, edited by D. Michael Jackson and Christopher McCreery (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2022) is now available for purchase. This book of essays about the Crown in Canada over the past seventy years includes a chapter that I wrote about Royal Tours of Canada in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

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New Book: Tudor and Stuart Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty

Tudor and Stuart Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty edited by Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J.L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer and Elena Woodacre is now available from Palgrave Macmillan.

This book examines the lives and tenures of all the consorts of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs of England between 1485 and 1714, as well as the wives of the two Lords Protector during the Commonwealth. The figures in Tudor and Stuart Consorts are both incredibly familiar—especially the six wives of Henry VIII—and exceedingly unfamiliar, such as George of Denmark, the husband of Queen Anne. These innovative and authoritative biographies recognise the important role consorts played in a period before constitutional monarchy: in addition to correcting popular assumptions that are based on limited historical evidence, the chapters provide a fuller picture of the role of consort that goes beyond discussions of exceptionalism and subversion. This volume and its companions reveal the changing nature of English consortship from the Norman Conquest to today.

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