New Book | Telling Objects

Posted in books by Editor on October 24, 2018

In addition to Telling Objects, the latest output from the Marrying Cultures project, previous publications include:

• Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly and Adam Morton, eds., Queens Consort, Cultural Transfer, and European Politics, 1500–1800 (New York: Routledge, 2016), 274 pages, ISBN: 978-1472458384, $160. With more information here»

• Almut Bues, ed., Frictions and Failures: Cultural Encounters in Crisis (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2017), ISBN 978-3447107365, $75. With more information here»

• Elise Dermineur, Queen Luise Ulrike: Gender and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Sweden (New York: Routledge, 2017), 254 pages, ISBN: 978-1472476661, $150. With more information here»

From Harrassowitz Verlag:

Jill Bepler and Svante Norrhem, eds., Telling Objects: Contextualizing the Role of the Consort in Early Modern Europe (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018), 272 pages, ISBN: 978-3447109352, 68€.

The idea for this volume originated from discussions at the first international conference of the HERA project Marrying Cultures. Colleagues from museums, galleries, and university contexts were asked to focus not on the figure of the early modern consort herself but on specific objects or genres of objects associated with her. When a royal bride moved from one territory to another, she transported quantities of furniture, books, paintings, clothes, or jewelry to her new home. In later life, she often continued to acquire things from her native country or via her dynastic networks or she could serve as a conduit through which objects were ‘exported’.

Two introductory essays look at patterns of exchange and inheritance. The case studies of objects that follow reveal general patterns of cultural exchange set in motion by royal consorts, in several cases focusing on relatively under-studied courts and dynasties. East and west, north and south were interconnected by objects and people through physical travel and via letters and in print. Gifts, trade, or inheritance played a part in moving objects over space and time. These essays give examples of how objects on the move could transfer value (symbolic, dynastic, or financial) and how the perception of these objects, many of which have become part of contemporary national heritage, changed across generations along with the impact they had, both culturally and politically.


Jill Bepler and Svante Norrhem, Introduction

Cultural Transfer and Exchange
• Volker Bauer, Connecting Courts, Castles, Capitals: Cultural Exchange in the Early Modern Society of Princes
• Almut Bues, Inventories and the Movement of Objects

Genres and Materials
• Catharine MacLeod, Facing Europe: The Portraiture of Anne of Denmark (1574–1619)
• Margherita Palumbo, ‘I was much courted by the entire English nation’: The English Books Owned by Sophie of the Palatinate, Electress of Hanover
• Adelina Modesti, ‘Nelle mode le più novelle’: The Latest Fashion Trends (Textiles, Clothing and Luxury Fabrics) at the Court of Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere de’ Medici of Tuscany

Individual Objects Transformed
• Ewa Kociszewska, Devotion and Unbelief of the Gonzaga Sisters: The Relic of the True Cross in Poland and France
• Mara Wade, Princess Magdalena Sibylle’s Golden Horn: Dynastic Women and Cultural Transfer between Denmark and Saxony

Gift Culture
• Katrin Keller, Tulips, Tobacco, and Parrots: Consorts and Their Role in the Transfer of Animals and Plants in the Second Half of the Sixteenth Century
• Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, Gender, Dynasty and the Politics of Porcelain: The Fact and Impact of Meissen Gifts to Royal Women, ca. 1714–50
• MarÍlia dos Santos Lopes, A Personal Gift – A Part of Cultural Heritage: The Coach Brought to Lisbon by Maria Anna of Austria
• Joanna Marschner, The Ivory Egg: Elisabeth Charlotte, Princess Palatine’s Gift to Caroline of Ansbach

About the Authors

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