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Motherhood and Mistresses

Marrying Cultures visits Skarhult castle in Sweden. Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly and Dr Adam Morton talk about motherhood and mistresses at court.



Interview on Radio New Zealand

Bryan Crump, host of Nights on Radio New Zealand, interviewed Helen Watanabe to discuss the role of consorts in shaping European culture. Originally aired on Monday 14th October 2013.



Frictions and Failures - Cultural Encounters in Crisis

21-23 April 2016

Workshop in Warsaw focusing on points of conflict arising from the queen consort’s presence in her new court.

View the conference programme (PDF).

Exhibition in Warsaw Castle

21 April-20 May 2016

Accompanying the exhibition ROYAL MARRIAGES OF PRINCES AND PRINCESSES IN THE POLISH-LITHUANIAN COMMONWEALTH, c. 1500-1800 is a competition ‘Królewskie pary’ [Royal Couples] for schoolchildren (classes 1-3 and 4-6).

Read more about the competition (PDF, Polish).

German-Polish Society Lecture

4 November 2014

Almut Bues lectures on Polish consorts at German courts to the German-Polish Cultural Society in Bayreuth.

View a report on the lecture in the local paper (PDF, German).

Marrying Cultures: ein neues EU-Projekt an der Herzog August Bibliothek

12 December 2013

Jill Bepler presented a discussion about the Marrying Cultures project at the Herzog August Bibliothek.

View the workshop leaflet (PDF, German).

A Queen Emerges: Hedwig Eleonora of Sweden and Baroque Court Culture around the Baltic

1-4 October 2013

Helen Watanabe and Jill Bepler spoke at an international symposium discussing Hedwig Eleonora of Sweden.

View the conference programme (PDF).

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