- 5 June to 14 July 2017
- Paul Mellon Centre
An exploration of the nature of British queenship and female power, as it evolved from the first incidences of female rule in England and Scotland through the election of a female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, and up to the recent change in succession, which gave first-born royal females the right to rule. Without focusing on biography, the lives of queens will be used as a means for examining the legal, religious, social, and political issues pertaining to the power and status of female rulers and political leaders. The class will also examine the role of consorts, particularly through engagement with the exhibition “Enlightened Princesses” which will be in New Haven in Spring 2017 and in London during the session. A three-day field trip will be part of the course, and the class will also visit sites in and around London pertinent to the rule of these women, such as Hampton Court and Kensington Palace.