Queens Consort and European Identities 1500-1800


Jill Bepler Interview in the Journal of the German Historians' Association

Dr Jill Bepler recently gave an interview in the Journal of the German Historians’ Association in July 2017 which

Gender and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Sweden
A new book by Marrying Cultures member Elise Dermineur has been published by Routledge and was written as a result of her work on the project.
Frictions and Failures - Cultural Encounters in Crisis

‘Frictions and Failures - Cultural Encounters in Crisis’, ed. by Almut Bues, presents the papers of the third Marrying Cultures workshop, which focused on dynastic marriages which ran into difficulties and examined a wide range of cases in order to determine what caused these problems.

Music for Consorts

The historical music ensemble Bella Discordia, featuring Marrying Cultures project member Maria Skiba, have released a CD of the music of Italian composer Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677).

La Virtuosissima includes Donna Di Maestà which was written for the marriage of Eleonora Gonzaga of Mantua (1630-1686) to Ferdinand III (1608-1657), Holy Roman Emperor, and is believed to be the second ever performance of the piece.

Bella Discordia have kindly allowed us to include Donna Di Maestà; and their CD is available to buy from asinamusic.com.


About Marrying Cultures

Marrying Cultures was 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 investigated were 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 also considered how it is that certain consorts have become embedded in national cultural memory and others have not.

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