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Title: Aristocratic women and the Jacobean Court, 1603-1625.
Author: Payne, Helen Margaret.
ISNI:       0000 0000 6476 5679
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2001
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Aristocratic women were integral to Jacobean court life and actively involved in royal service, in the ceremonial of court and state, in the pursuit of financial benefit, in marriage strategies and court family networks, and in court, foreign and religious politics and patronage. The time scale of the thesis encompasses James VI's reign as James I of England, 1603-1625, as court life for aristocratic women did not end with the death of his queen consort, Anne of Denmark. As ladies-in-waiting and/or the kin or clients of powerful men at court, aristocratic (and other elite women) could exercise a degree of power, authority and influence and participate both formally (through their Privy Chamber posts) and informally in the life and functions of the Jacobean court. This study moves beyond, reappraises, and revises recent published work on the Jacobean court by literary scholars, which focuses on the court masque, literary pursuits and cultural patronage of a small number of aristocratic court women, and extends recent published work by historians who have included women in their studies of the Jacobean court. Together with the insights gained through extensive new archival research, this study provides a broader and deeper understanding than hitherto available, of the significant roles these women could play at court and the place of the court in their lives. Moreover, this view of the Jacobean court from a female perspective reveals much about that institution, about the nature of politics and patronage beneath the level of high politics and the careers of great ministers and royal favourites, and about early seventeenth century British aristocratic society and its relationship with the monarchy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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