Queens Consort and European Identities 1500-1800


'Bona Sforza and Zygmunt I' by Aleksandra Krasniewicz

Alongside the exhibition ‘Royal Marriages of Princes and Princesses in Poland and Lithuania c. 1500-1800’, the winners of the children’s competition ‘Królewskie Pary / Royal Couples’ were shown.

Conference Report: Frictions and Failures - Cultural Encounters in Crisis

The third workshop focused on those dynastic marriages which ran into difficulties of various kinds and examined a wide range of cases in order to determine what caused these frictions and failures.

'Music Migrations' International Meeting

Our HERA partners, Music Migration in the Early Modern Age, will be holding an international meeting in Warsaw from the 6-7th May.

Exhibition in Warsaw Castle

21 April-20 May 2016

In conjunction with the HERA-funded international research project Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities 1500-1800 PD Dr Almut Bues of the German Historical Institute, Warsaw, has organised an exhibition entitled ROYAL MARRIAGES OF PRINCES AND PRINCESSES IN THE POLISH-LITHUANIAN COMMONWEALTH, c. 1500-1800. The opening will take place at 18.00 on 21 April. Music will be provided by Maria Skiba (soprano), a member of the Marrying Cultures team. She will be accompanied on the chitarra spagnuola by Frank Pschichholz.

Accompanying the exhibition is a competition ‘Królewskie pary’ [Royal Couples] for schoolchildren (classes 1-3 and 4-6).

Read more about the competition (PDF, Polish).

About Marrying Cultures

Marrying Cultures is a three-year research project funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) focusing on the foreign consort as agent of cultural transfer. The case studies to be investigated are the Polish princesses Katarzyna Jagiellonka, Duchess of Finland and Queen of Sweden (1526-83), and Zofia Jagiellonka, Duchess of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1464-1512); Hedwig Eleonora of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden (1636-1715), and Charlotte Amalie of Hessen-Kassel, Queen of Denmark (1650-1714); the Portuguese princess Catarina of Braganza, Queen of Great Britain (1638-1705); Maria Amalia of Saxony, Queen of the Two Sicilies and Queen of Spain (1724-1760); and Luise Ulrike of Prussia, Queen of Sweden (1720-82) .

Working with colleagues in historic palaces, museums and libraries (including Kensington Palace, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Royal Armoury, Stockholm, and the Duke August Library, Wolfenbüttel) the project members will also consider how it is that certain consorts become embedded in national cultural memory and others do not.

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Leaflet from the marriage of Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza

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