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Title: Representations of Mary of Modena, Duchess, Queen Consort and Exile : lmages and Texts.
Author: Sullivan , Sandra Jean
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This study of the way in which the 'image' of Mary of Modena was constructed, and then deconstructed, examines the changing ways in which this late seventeenth-century Italian Catholic aristocrat was represented, both visually in portraits, prints and engravings, and textually in verse and prose, opera, masque and pamphlet plays, after her arrival in England in 1673 as the wife ofJames, Duke ofYork (later James II). The images and texts are placed within the cultural context of the age: contemporary artists, writers, patronage, conventions and expectations, including those relating to women, are discussed. The focus ofthe first chapter is James's first wife, Anne Hyde. A comparison ofthe manner in which these two women, both Catholic, were represented, one coming from an ancient and noble foreign house, the other from an undistinguished country family, is instructive. The next four chapters examine the themes of'beauty', her 'otherness', her patronage of music, artists and writers, and her court, during the years 1673 to 1685 when Mary of Modena was Duchess of York. The contrast between the portraits, music and poetry produced at the time of James II's coronation in 1685 and the representations produced as part ofthe adverse propaganda campaign waged by James's son-in-law, William of Orange which culminated in the ''wanning pan scandal' after the birth ofMary ofModena's son ('the Old Pretender'), and led to the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688 are the subject ofchapters 6 and 7. The final chapter shows how Mary of Modena was represented during her exile in France from 1689 until her death there in 1718.
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Qualification Name: University College London (University of London), 2008 Qualification Level: Doctoral
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