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The role of the queen consort in Europe is the subject of this survey of court cultures from 1660-1815. Principal themes explored are the consort's formal and informal power, her religious role, and her cultural patronage. Courts surveyed include those of France, Spain, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, the Imperial court at Vienna, and three German electorates linked to monarchies: Brandenburg-Prussia, Saxony-Poland and Hanover (Great Britain). The fourteen contributing authors include distinguished scholars and researchers from Britain, the U.S. and the continent.
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