Past Conferences

This is a list of past conferences hosted and co-hosted by the Society for Court Studies.

The published proceedings of some past conferences are still available and can be ordered from the Society or the respective publishers. Click here to see a list of publications.

Chapels Royal: Politics, Doctrine and the Arts at the Early-Modern Court 1400-1720
13-15 February 1997
The Society of Antiquaries; The Institute of Historical Research; St James’s Palace; Hampton Court Palace
Werner Jacobsen, The Carolingian and Ottonian Palace Chapels
Thomas Campbell, Tapestries and the English Chapel Royal
Robert Bucholz, The Officers and Servants of the Chapel Royal, 1660-1714
Monique Chatenet, The Chapel Royal in Valois France
Edward Corp, The Jacobite Chapel Royal at St-Germain-en- Laye
Henry Fernandez, Julius II’s Palatine Chapel: the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Palace
David Watkin, Monarchy and Liturgy: The Chapels Royal of Louis XIV at Versailles, Marly and Fontainebleau
And many others
The conference included tours of the Queen’s Chapel and the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, and concluded with a reconstruction of a 1540 Tudor mass in the chapel at Hampton Court.

From Castiglione to Kennedy: Courts, Courtiers and Power, 1500-1963
2-4 April 1998
Society of Antiquaries, London and Chapter Library, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Malcom Smuts, The English Court
Robert Frost, The Vasa Kings of Poland
Marcello Fantoni, The Grand Dukes of Tuscany
Ronald Asch, Images of Power
Tim Blanning, George I and Augustus II
Toby Barnard, The Lord Lieutenants of Ireland
Hugh Roberts, George IV
Thomas Biskup, The Dukes of Brunswick
Simon Adams, Elizabeth and Leicester
David Edwards, The 10th Earl of Ormonde
John Guy, Mary I
Jeroen Duindam, Louis XIV
Olivier Chaline, Factions at Versailles
Caroline Hibbard, The Politics of Honour at the Stuart Court
Michael Bentley, Queen Victoria
Luc Duerloo, Seventeeth-Century Brussels
Niall Ferguson, The Rothschilds
Dominic Lieven, Nicholas II
Ferdinand Mount, Mrs Thatcher
Jeremy Noakes, Hitler

Reponses to Regicide
1 February 1999
Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies
Convener: Malcolm Smuts
Joyce Malcolm, The Missing Mob. Why Charles I was not Rescued
Howard Nenner, January 30 Commemorations: the responses to regicide
Steven Zwicker, Passions and Occasions: Milton, Marvell and the politics of reading, c. 1649
David Smith, Oliver Cromwell, Religious Reform and the First Protectorate Parliament

The Role of the Consort
16-18 September 1999
Institute of Historical Research/Kew Gardens, London
Convener: Clarissa Campbell Orr
Janet L. Nelson, Consorts in the Middle Ages: the origins of the European role
Sally Hickson, Isabella d’Este
Eric Ives, Consorts and Mistresses: Anne Boleyn
Robert Knecht, Royal consorts & ‘privados’ in seventeeth-century Spain
Lis Granlund, Hedwiga Eleonora of Sweden
Mark Bryant, The Unofficial Consort: Mme de Maintenon
Helen Payne, Anne of Denmark as a Mother
Frances Harris, Catherine of Bragança
Simon Thurley, Mary II
Caroline Hibbard, Henrietta Maria: establishing the role of consort
Joanna Marschner, Queen Caroline as a Collector
Christine Gerrard, Queen in Waiting: Caroline of Ansbach & Augusta of Saxe-Gotha as Princesses of Wales
Clarissa Campbell Orr, Charlotte, Scientific Queen
Marcia Pointon, Maternal Paragon or Luxurious Consumer? Queen Charlotte in Portraiture and Caricature
Bill Purdue, The Consort Maligned: Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
John Bullion, Princess Augusta: the consort as contrast
John Rogister, Maria Leszczynska and Court Faction at the French Court
Curt Noel, Barbara of Bragança and Isabella Farnese
Melissa Calaresu, The Queen and the Philosophers: Maria Carolina and the Neapolitan Enlightenment
Richard King, Anne of Hanover and Orange
Michael Brengsbo, Danish Consorts: Louisa, Caroline Matilda and Juliana Maria
Aubrey Newman, Sophia of Hanover, her daughter and grand-daughter-in-law
Thomas Biskup, Hohenzollern Consorts
Peter Wilson, Württemberg Consorts

The Court Painter in Seventeenth-Century Europe: Van Dyck and his contemporaries
26-27 November 1999
The National Gallery, London
Jonathan Brown, Velazquez and the Conventions of Portraiture in Spain
Malcolm Smuts, The Structure of the Court and the Role of the Artist
Jeremy Wood, Van Dyck, Hamilton and Bortolo della Nave
Gabriele Finaldi, Gentileschi and the patronage of Queen Henrietta Maria
Diana Dethloff, Van Dyck’s Legacy: Lely and the court of Charles II
And David Howarth on Van Dyck; Jonathan Israel on the court of Frederik Hendrik Prince of Orange; Arabella Cifani and Toby Osborne on painters at the court of Savoy; Marcello Fantoni on Justus Susterman and the Medici; Emanuel Coquery on the court of Louis XIII; and Friedrich Polleross on the court painters of the Austrian Habsburgs in the seventeenth century.

Courts without Kings? The Political Center in Colonies, Provinces and Republics
21-23 September 2000
Bayside Exposition Center, Boston
Convener: Malcolm Smuts
Lawrence Bryant, The Collapse of Ducal Burgundy and New Configurations of French Royal Ceremonies; 1476-1484
Kristen Neuschel, French Noble Households in the Sixteenth Century: the evidence of material culture
Timothy Raylor, A Prince in the Provinces? William Cavendish, first Duke of Newcastle
Catherine Wilkinson-Zerner, The Duke of Lerma and his Town
Luc Duerloo, From Sovereignty to Viceregality: the Netherlands court of the widowed Infanta Isabella and the revolt of 1632
Alejanda Osorio, The King in Lima: the power of simulacra in seventeenth-century Lima
Alejandra Caneque, Royal Authority, Viceregal Patronage and the Specter of Corruption in Seventeenthp-Century New Spain
Nancy Fee, King versus Kingdom: Juan de Palafax y Mendoza and the controversy over the Puebla Cathedral retable arms
Linda Curcio-Nagy, The Concept of the Good Vassal: Amerindians and Africans in the Habsburg viceregal entry of Mexico City
James Robertson, Here his Grace Resides: Spanish Town and the place of the royal governor in English Jamaica, 1661-c.1720)
Linda Sturtz, Dining Room Politics: Lady Berkeley of Virginia
Mridu Rai, From Hindu Rulers to Hindu State: territorializing religion and political control in the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir
Manu Bhagavan, Demystifying the ‘Ideal Progressive’, resistance through mimicked modernity in princely Baroda, 1900-1913
Thomas Arnold, Courts on Campaign: military adventures and the great captains of the sixteenth century
George Gorse, A Court in a Republic: art and pageantry at the villa of Andrea Doria in Genoa
Derek Hirst, Heroism and the English Republic
Lorraine Madway, The Remaking of Majesty: Oliver Cromwell and the visual imagery of monarchy
Nigel Smith, Purified Form: literary culture in the Commonwealth courts, 1649-1660
Thomas Willette, Art History as Patriotic Memory: the promotion of civil society in Naples in the time of the Austrian viceroys, 1707-1734
Daniel Gordon, Courtliness and Civility: the Elias thesis revisited
Fredrika Teute & David Shields, The Confederation Court
Catherine Allgor, Aristocratic Longings, Aristocratic Anxieties: Dolly Madison and the White House
Pamela Scott, A Comparison of P. L’Enfant’s and Thomas Jefferson’s Plans for the Federal City
Philip Mansel, The Court of the First Consul, 1799-1804

British Orders of Chivalry
Thursday 21 September 2000, Society of Antiquaries,
The Order of the Bath and the Nineteenth-Century Expansion of Chivalric Orders
Friday 22 September 2000, College of Saint George, Windsor Castle
The Orders of the Garter and the Thistle
Speakers and topics included:
Thursday 21 Sep
Rev. Dr Peter Galloway,
Anglo-Irish Relations and the Demise of the Order of St Patrick
Dr Andrew Hanham, History of Parliament Trust
The Refoundation of the Order of the Bath
Fionn Pilbrow
The Medieval Knighthood of the Bath
David White, Rouge Croix, College of Arms
Projects for New Orders and the Early Nineteenth-Century Expansion of the Bath
Friday 22 Sep
Charles Burnett, Ross Herald
The Order of the Thistle in the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries
Dr Nicholas Cranfield
The Politicization of the Garter under Charles I
Dr Hannes Kleinecke, History of Parliament Trust
The Garter in Crisis: the Late Middle Ages and the Problem of Peace
Dr Shelagh Mitchell
Ladies of the Garter in the Late Middle Ages

Somerset House: architecture, religion and etiquette 1547-1692
28 September 2001
Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, London
David Starkey, Maurice Howard, Simon Thurley, David Baldwin, Caroline Hibbard, Roy Sherwood, Peter Leech and Frances Harris.

Golden Jubilee Conference: Royal Ritual in the Media Age
11 May 2002
Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London
Convener: Robert Lacey
Richard Brown, “It is a Very Wonderful Process…” Film and British Royalty 1896-1902
John Wolffe, The People’s King: the crowd and the media funeral of Edward VII, May 1910
Robert Lacey, Made for the Media: the twentieth century investitures of the Princes of Wales, with commentary and recollections of the Investiture of July 1969 by Lord Snowdon
David Reed, What a Lovely Frock: royal weddings and the illustrated press in the pre-television age
Daniel Brittain-Catlin, Presenting and Explaining the Constitutional Crown to the Twenty-first Century
Luke McKernan, The Finest Cinema Performers We Possess: British royalty and the newsreels, 1910-37
Philip Ziegler, Edward VIII: the modern monarch?
Nigel Dacre, The Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales
Hugo Vickers, The Man Who was Helen Cathcart

Coronations Conference
27 March 2004
Senate House, London
Convener Robert Lacey
Jinty Nelson, Carolingian Coronation Rituals: a model for Europe?
Richard Wortman, The Russian Coronation: rite and representation
Sir Roy Strong, The English Coronation – a call for a wider perspective
Philip Mansel, From Constantinopole to Cairo: Ottoman inaugurations and their successors
Dougal Shaw, Scotland’s Place in Britain’s Coronation Tradition
Graham Gendall Norton, The Budapest Habsburg Coronation of 1916
Jeffrey Richards, The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and Film

A Tale of Two Crowns: The Courts of England and France 1066-1904
(A two-day conference to commemorate the centenary of the entente cordiale)
19-20 November 2004
Institut Français, London
Conveners: Glenn Richardson and Philip Mansel
Professor David Bates, The Norman Conquest in the Context of Anglo-French Relations
Professor David Carpenter, The Meetings of Henry III and Louis IX
Dr Rachel Gibbons, The Background of the Marriage of Isabelle of France and Richard II, 1396
Professor Anne Curry, Henry VI’s Coronation and Anglo-French relations, 1420-1432
Dr David Potter, Politics and Faction at the Court of France from the late Middle Ages to the Renaissance: the development of a political culture, 1300-1600
Professor Charles Giry-Deloison, Edward IV, Henry VII and France
Professor Robert Knecht, The Nobilities of France and England in the Sixteenth Century
Cédric Michon, Pomp and Circumstances: the courtly prelates of France and England, 1515-1547
Dr Glenn Richardson, Postcards from the Edge: Francis I and England’s break with Rome
Dr Susan Doran, Elizabeth I and Catherine de Médici
Dr Simon Thurley, Henrietta Maria and England
Loic Bienassis, Richelieu and England, 1634-1642
Dr Sonja Kmec, Playing the International Card: the networks of noble women in seventeenth-century France and England
Anna Keay, Charles II and Lessons Learned in France
Dr Tony Claydon, William III and Louis XIV
Dr David Onnekink, Anglo-French Negotiations on the Spanish Partition Treaties (1698-1700): a revaluation
Dr Peter Campbell, Fleury, Horace Walpole and Anglo-French relations
Dr Nigel Aston, Two Courts, one Courtier: the third Duke of Dorset as British Ambassador to France, 1784-1789
Clarissa Campbell Orr, Scandal, morality, intellect and virtue at Versailles and Windsor, 1760-1800
Dr Philip Mansel, From War to Peace: the House of Hanover and the Crown of France, 1783-1855
Professor Edward Royle, British Radicals and French Revolutions, 1789-1848

Greenwich Palace
25 April 2005
Greenwich, London
Conveners: Anna Keay and Simon Thurley
Philip Dixon, The Tudor Palace at Greenwich
Thom Richardson, The Greenwich Armouries
Simon Thurley, Architecture and Diplomacy: Greenwich Palace under the Stuarts
Gordon Higgott, The Design and Setting of Inigo Jones’s Queen’s House, 1616-40
David Jacques, Garden Works in Greenwich Park, 1662-1728
Julian M.C. Bowsher, The Chapel Royal at Greenwich Palace

Court and Capitals, 1815-1914 (I)
1 October 2005
Wallace Collection, London
Conveners: Steven Brindle and Philip Mansel
Professor David Watkin, The Transformation of Munich into a Royal Capital by Kings Maximilian I Joseph and Ludwig I
Dr Stephen Parissien, George IV, Regent and King, and London c. 1811-1830
Dr Philip Mansel, Paris: Court City of Europe, c. 1800-1870
Dr Tom Verschaffel, King and City: Brussels under Leopold I and Leopold II
Dr Alan Sked, Franz Joseph and the creation of the Ringstrasse
Dr Steven Brindle, Buckingham Palace, the Victoria Memorial and the Mall, 1901-1914

The Politics of Space: Courts in Europe and the Mediterranean, c.1500-1750
26-27 January 2007
Huntington Library, San Marino
Conveners: Professor Malcolm Smuts and George L. Gorse
Marcello Fantoni, Monique Chatenet, Simon Thurley, Anna Keay, Nicola Courtright, Hillary Balon, John Beldon Scott, Patricia Waddy, Tracy Ehrlic and Jesus Escobar.

Courts and Capitals, 1815-1914 (II)
29 September 2007
Wallace Collection, London
Conveners: Steven Brindle and Philip Mansel
Roderick J Barman, Imperial Cities and Seasonal Residences: Petrópolis, Summer Capital of Brazil (1843-1889), and its European Counterparts
Gavin Stamp, Budapest 1867-1914: A Dual Capital for the Dual Monarchy
Terry Kirk, The Image of King Vittorio Emanuele II and the Remaking of Rome
Giles MacDonogh, ‘Nothing Is Too Colossal, Nothing Too Expensive’: William II and Berlin
Jack Hamilton, False Starts and Failed Hopes: The Rise and Fall of Royal Sofia 1878-1946
Emmanuel Ducamp, The Romanovs and Saint Petersburg: The Second Phase

The Palace of Westminster
4-5 October 2007
Westminster Hall, London
Conveners: Edward Impey, Andrew Barclay, Rosemary Hill and Robert Lacey
Professor Paul Binski, Professor David Carpenter, Dr John Crook, Chris Thomas, Simon Carter, Jason Peacey, Dr Mark Collins, Malcolm Hay, Dr Gavin Stamp, Sir John Sainty, Dr David Starkey, Daniel Brittain-Catlin and Ian Denver

Monarchy and Exile
14-15 December 2007
German Historical Institute, London
Conveners: Philip Mansel and Torsten Riotte
Toby Osborne, A Queen Mother in exile: Marie de Medici
A Hughes, Gender, exile and The Hague courts of Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia and Mary, Princess of Orange
Ferenc Toth, Emigrated or Exiled? Ferenc Rákóczi II
William O’Reilly, A life in exile: Charles VI
Anna Keay, “The shadow of a king”? Charles II of Great Britain in exile
John Jeremiah Cronin, The Irish royalist elite of Charles II and the Caroline Stuart Court in exile, c. 1649-1660
Karen Britland, Exile or homecoming? Henrietta Maria in France, 1644-1660
Edward Corp, The extended exile of James III
Philip Mansel, From Exile to the Throne: The Europeanisation of Louis XVIII
Peter Hicks, Napoleon on Elba
Heidi Mehrkens, The Politics of Waiting: Empress Eugenie
Guy Stair Sainty, The Bourbons of Naples in exile
Torsten Riotte, Hanoverian exile and Prussian governance: George V and Ernst August of Hanover
James Rettallack, Johann of Saxony
John Röhl, The Unicorn in Winter. Kaiser Wilhelm II in Amerongen and Doorn 1918-1941

The Court and the Country House
21 November 2008
Mellon Centre, London
Convener: Emily Cole
Caroline Adams, Impact of the Royal Progress of 1591 on the social network of West Sussex and Hampshire
Emily Cole, The Jacobean Royal Progress and the Country House State Apartment
Michael Pearce, Progressive Adaptations: Royal Presence and Pastime in Scotland to 1602
Jeremy Pearson, George III’s visit to Plymouth, 1789
Jane Ridley, Edward VII’s visits to country houses
Christopher Ridgway, New Technologies and Old Ceremonies at Castle Howard for the Visit of Queen Victoria
James Rothwell, ‘Great Company’ at Lyme Park, Cheshire: The Visit of the Duke of York in 1676

Courts in Europe: A Historiographical Survey
24-26 September 2009
Chateau of Versailles, France
Convener: Marcello Fantoni
Werner von Paravicini, Germany
Maria Antonietta Visceglia, Italy
Amedeo Quondam, Court Literature
Chantal Grell and Peter Campbell, Courts and Power
Jose Martinez Millan, Spain
Jeroen Duindam, Comparative Studies of the Courts of Europe and Asia
Philip Mansel, The Nineteenth Century

Courts and Capitals, 1815-1914 (III)
7 November 2009
Art Workers’ Guild, London
Conveners Steven Brindle and Philip Mansel
Giles MacDonogh, The Slow Death of Royal Dresden
Juan F. Remón Menéndez, Madrid from Ancien Regime to the Bourgeois Restoration: The Parque del Oeste and the Augmentation of the Capital
George Vassiadis, Athens: The Creation of a Royal Capital, 1834-1914
John Villiers, ‘It is the Sovereign who makes the Palace, as a stone in a field may become an altar’: Bucharest under Carol I and the Building of Peleş
David Blow, From Islamic Small Town to Westernised Metropolis: The Development of Tehran under the Qajars and the Pahlavis
Khaled Fahmy, The Essence of Cairo

Henrietta Maria and European Politics
13 November 2009
Bonham’s, London
Conveners: Malcolm Smuts and Robert Oresko

Charles II: King, Court and Culture
28 May 2010
Royal Hospital, Greenwich, London
Convener: Andrew Barclay
Ronald Hutton, Charles II in the Twenty-First Century
Diana Dethloff, Peter Lely and the Royal Image
Karen Hearn, John Michael Wright (1617-1694), ‘Picture Drawer in Ord[inary]’
Robert Bucholz, Restoration Courtiership: The Evidence of Three Diaries (Pepys, Evelyn and Reresby)
Stephen Brogan, Medicine, Politics and Sin: The Rationale for the Royal Touch During the Stuart Restoration, 1660-85
Helen Jacobsen, Bringing it Home: English Diplomats as Cultural Intermediaries, 1660-85

Courts & Capitals, 1815–1914 (IV): From Alexandria to Tokyo
8 October 2011
Art Workers Guild, London
Conveners: Steven Brindle, Philip Mansel and David Gelber
John Breen, Tokyo: The Capital, The Palace and Modern Japan’s Sacred Centre
Philip Mansel, The Rise and Fall Of Royal Alexandria: From Mohammed Ali to Farouk
Keith Pratt, The Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul, as a Barometer Of Korea’s Political Fortunes in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Gavin Stamp, New Delhi: The Creation of a Vice-Regal Capital
John Villiers, A New Capital for a New Dynasty: Bangkok, from Rama I to Rama V (1782-1910)
Bill Woodburn, From The Bala Hissar to the Arg: How Royal Fortress-Palaces Shaped Kabul

Princes Consort in History
16 December 2011
Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, London
Conveners: Janet Dickinson and Miles Taylor
David Abulafia, Ferdinand of Aragon - Ferdinand the Catholic: a consort with six crowns
Luc Duerloo, Upstairs, Downstairs: Archduke Albert, consort of the Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia, 1598-1621
Elena Woodacre, The kings consort of Navarre; 1284-1512
Derek Beales, Francis Stephen: Duke of Lorraine 1729-37, grand-duke of Tuscany 1737-65, co-regent of the Austrian Monarchy 1740-65, Holy Roman Emperor 1745-65
Charles Beem, Why Prince George of Denmark Did Not Become a King of England
Paul Keenan, ‘The misfortune to be German’: Ernst Johann von Biron and the Russian Court, 1730-40
Fabian Persson, From ruler in the shadows to shadow king
Hugo Vickers, Prince Philip: The life and work of a modern consort
Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Prince Philip: sportsman and youth leader
Daniel Alves, Ferdinand II of Portugal: A conciliator king, in a turmoil kingdom
Roderick J. Barman, Gaston d’Orleans, Comte d’Eu: Prince Consort to Isabel of Brazil
Karina Urbach, The Creative Consort: New Sources on Prince Albert
Simin Patel, Commemorating the consort in colonial Bombay

Rubens and the Thirty Years War: Dynastic Politics, Diplomacy and the Arts, c. 1618-1635
10-11 May 2012
Rubenium, Antwerp
John Adamson, Nicola Courtwright, Jean-Marie Dubost, Erin Griffey and Antien Knapp.

The Key to Power? The Culture of Access in Early Modern Courts, 1400-1700 - flyer
8-9 November 2012
Antwerp, Belgium.
Convenors: Dries Raeymaekers and Sebastiaan Derks
Ronald G. Asch (Albert‐Ludwigs‐Universität Freiburg), Patronage, Friendship and the Politics of Access: The Role of the Early Modern Favourite Revisited
Christina Antenhofer (Universität Innsbruck), Meeting the Prince between the City and the Family: The Resignification of Castello San Giorgio in Mantova (14th-16th Century)
Encarnación López (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Symbolic Spaces in Madrid’s Alcázar: Doors and Keys Providing Access to the Planet King
Neil Murphy (Northumbria University), The Court on the Move: Royal Entries and Access to the Monarch in France, c. 1400-1560
Alexandra Beauchamp (Université de Limoges), ‘Estant nós en la dita rambla ab tota aquella gran multitud.’ Direct Contacts between the Kings of Aragon and their Subjects (14th century)
Katarzyna Kuras (Jagiellonian University, Krakow), Was it Easy to Get to the King? Access of the Nobles to the Monarch during the 16th and 17th Centuries in Poland
Charles C. Noel (New York University, London), Access - Privileged and Unprivileged at the Changing Spanish Court, 1665-1788
Michael Talbot (SOAS ‐ University of London), Accessing the Shadow of God on Earth: Gifts, Feasts, and Humiliation in Ottoman Diplomatic Ceremonial
Maartje VAN Gelder (University of Amsterdam), Rebel Diplomats: The Dutch Envoys’ Access to the Court of Henry IV of France, 1598- 1609
Neil Younger (University of Essex), Access, Favour and Religious Division at the Court of Elizabeth I of England
Florence Berland (Université Lille 3 ‐ IRHiS), Access to the Prince’s Court in Late Medieval Paris
Orsolya Réthelyi (Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest), Access to the King and Queen in Late Medieval Hungary. Conflicting Conceptions of Order in Princely Households
Audrey Truschke (Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge), European Experiences and Interpretations of Access at Indian Courts
Eric Hassler (Université Paris I ‐ Sorbonne), Quantifying the Approachability of the Emperor: The Question of the Number of Chamberlains on Duty in the Court of Vienna (1670-1720)
Anna Kalinowska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of History), The King, the Favourite and the Ambassador. Sir Thomas Roe at the Polish Court, 1629
Fabian Persson (Linnaeus University, Kalmar), The Battle for Access: Access During a Royal Minority, 1660-1672
Jonathan Spangler (Manchester Metropolitan University), Those Who Hold the Keys: Princes, Grand Chamberlains, and Grand Equerries and the Rivalry of Access at the Early Modern French Court
Aubrée David‐Chapy (Université de Paris IV ‐ Sorbonne), Anne de France, Closeness to the King and Power
Steven Thiry (University of Antwerp), Forging Dynasty. The Politics of Dynastic Affinity in Burgundian-Habsburg Baptism Ceremonial (1430-1505)
Klara Pako (Academy of Sciences, Babeş - Bolyai University Cluj‐Napoca, Romania), Access to Power at the Confines of Europe. The Case of the Princely Court of Alba Iulia in Transylvania in the 16th and 17th Centuries
Sara J. Wolfson (Manchester Metropolitan University), Distinguished Guests, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the Caroline Court, 1638-1641.

Gifts and Perquisities
15 April 2013
Knole, Kent
Convener: Janet Dickinson
Felicity Heal, Court gifts and their contexts: Elizabeth to Charles I
Olivia Fryman, Rich pickings: The royal bed as a perquisite 1660-1760
Catherine Daunt, Galleries of fame: assembling portrait collections through gifts and requests in Tudor and Jacobean England
Alden Gregory, In the Bishop's Gift: Knole and the Establishment of Political Affinities in 15th-Century Kent
Chris Woolgar, Gifts, perquisites and the late medieval great household
Maria Hayward, Continuity and change: New Year’s gifts at the court of James I
Tracey Sowerby, Negotiating with gifts: the meaning and significance of gifts in Tudor diplomacy

Heirs and Spares
19-20 September 2013
Kellogg College, Oxford
Convener: Jonathan Spangler
Glenn Richardson, The Spare who became the Heir: Henri II of France
Charles Gregory, Louis XIII’s Heirs as Political Points d’Appui
Philip Mansel, Cousins from Hell: The Orléans as Heirs to the Bourbons, from the Regent to ‘Philippe VII’
Sarah Kinkel, Princes and Pamphlet Wars: The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cumberland, and the Struggle to Shape British Society, 1740-1765
Catherine Chou, ‘For the Right which Pertaineth unto Her’: Mary Stuart’s Parliamentary Case for the English Succession
Janet Dickinson, Securing the Succession in Late Elizabethan England
Alexander Dencher, Imagining William III of Orange in the First Stadtholderless Era: Representation, Rhetoric and Theatricality
Alex Greer, The Evolution and Disappearance of the Spare, the Duke of Orleans, in Rubens’ Medici Cycle
Nathan Perry, Investing the Spare: Court Ceremonial for the Princes of Wales in Early Stuart England
Catriona Murray, Public Display at a Private Funeral: Managing the Death of Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester
Anne Somerset, Princess Anne of York: An Unexpected Heir
Mathieu Lahaye, Heir Obedience, Heir Disobedience: Two Generations of Dauphins for Louis XIV
Graham Williams, ‘Such writing is not my will’: Language and Self-representation in the Letters of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland
Liesbeth Geevers, Habsburg Spares: the Princes of Savoy and the Spanish Court (ca. 1585-1630)
Michael Schaich, Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales, in Hanover
Jonathan Spangler, The Family Man: Monsieur as Brother, Husband, Father (and Lover?) in the Service of Bourbon Diplomacy
Marlen Schneider, ‘Much lesser than the Sun’: The Self-fashioning of Philippe I of Orleans
Don Fader, Music in the Service of the King’s Brother: Courtly Patronage and Philippe I’s d’Orléans’s Musical Posterity
Megan Reddicks, Portraits of Margaret of Austria as ‘Pseudo-heir’ of the Holy Roman Empire
Giora Sternberg, The Fabrication of Heirs: Status Legitimating Power in Louis XIV’s France
Blythe Sobol, Family Ties: The Patronage of the Children of Madame de Montespan in the Golden Age of Bastards

Animals at Court
Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
8-10 December 2016

Opening Lectures:
Philip Mansel: The Pursuit of Courts: Courts and the Making of Europe
Nadir Weber (Konstanz): Animals at Court

Animals Between Courts:
Elena Taddei (Innsbruck): Animals as Instruments for Networking and Cultural Transfer at the 16th Century Este-Court
Annemarie Jordan Gschwend (Lisbon): Animals fit for Emperors. Hans Khevenhüller and the Creation of Habsburg Menageries in Vienna and Prague
Catarina Simōes (Lisbon): Non-European Animals in the Portuguese Court in the Renaissance and the Construction of an Image of Royalty

Animals and Being a Courtier
Julia Weitbrecht (Kiel): Of Good Breeding: Animals and Noble Self-fashioning in Medieval Courtly Literature
Mackenzie Cooley (Standford): I Would Have Our Courtier Be a Perfect Horseman. Creating Nobility and Fashioning Horses between Mantua and Naples, 1461-1571
Armelle Fémelat (Tours): Portraits of horses and dogs and the Renaissance Gonzaga Court

Arenas of Competition
Christian Jaser (Berlin): Ipsi equi barbarici currere tantum sciant. Racehorses and the Competitive Representation of Italian Renaissance-Courts, ca. 1500
Maike Schmidt (Trier): Staghounds and Narratives of Excellence in French Renaissance Court Culture
John Villiers (London): The corrida de touros as theatre and ceremony: royal bullfights at the courts of Pedro II and Joao V of Portugal

Animals’ Inculturation
Marco Iuffrida (Rome): Symbols and Sounds of „Hunting”. The Musical Interaction between Men and Animals from the Courts of Middle Ages to Romanticism
Elena Taddia (Versailles): The Real and the Imaginary. Animals Inside and Outside Versailles Palace
Magdalena Bayreuther (Munich): Ceremonial Coach Culture. A Human-Animal Hierarchy Study at the 18th Century Munich Court

Limits of Domestication
Giovanni Forcina (Sevilla): The Black Francolin. Food for Gourmets, Game for Nobles, Lust for Lovers. Reawakening the Memory and Assessing the Origin of a Prized Courtly Bird
Thierry Buquet (Caen): Cheetah Hunting in European Courts. From the Apogee to the End of a Fashion (14th-17th Century)
Fabian Persson (Lund/Kalmar): Unruly Display. Animals at the Early Modern Scandinavian Courts

Courtiers’ true Companions?
Katherine MacDonogh (London): A Woman’s Life. The Role of Pets in the Lives of Royal Women at the Courts of Europe from 1400
Maria Aresin (Rome): Ein ganz hurtig und unruwig thier. Pet Squirrels in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times
Andreas Erb (Dessau): Ein Triton als Freund. A Dog’s Life at the Dessau Court

Contingency and Liminality
Julia Burbulla (Bern): Animals in Early Modern Court Entertainments
Nadeije Laneyrie-Dagen (Paris): Projection physiognomonico-politique ou exploration des confins humains? A propos de l’association nains – bêtes dans les portraits des grands à la Renaissance
Fabian Jonietz (Florence): Death and Memoria of Animals at Early Modern Courts

Mieke Roscher (Kassel): Comment
Mark Hengerer (Munich), Nadir Weber (Konstanz): Closing words

European Court Culture & Greenwich Palace, 1500-1750: Queen’s House Conference 2017
National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House, Greenwich
20-22 April 2017

Royal Museums Greenwich and the Society for Court Studies are holding a major international conference on the 20-22 April 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary year of the Queen’s House, Greenwich. To see the conference programme please click doc / pdf

Horses and Courts
21-23 March 2018
The conference focused on the role of horses in court ceremonies, court culture and military and political events. Speakers include Alexandra Lotz on the imperial stud at Kladrub on the Elbe: Tessa Murdoch on Foubert’s Riding Academy in London; Pia Cuneo on Protestantism and horsemanship; Sara Ayres on Queen Caroline Mathilde on horseback; Barney White-Spunner on the Household Cavalry and the Policing of London; Jane Ridley on Elizabeth II and Horses; and many others. Please find further information on the flyer.

The conference was organised by Donna Landry and Philip Mansel. To watch all videos from this conference please click here:

Tobias Capwell, Wallace Collection - The Armoury of Peace: Equestrian Harness and Accoutrements for Renaissance Courtly Spectacles in the Wallace Collection
Francisco LaRubia-Prado, Georgetown University - Literal and Literary Power: Horses, Gift-Giving Diplomacy and Restoring the Balance of Power in The Song of Cid (c. 1207)
Peter Edwards, University of Roehampton (Emeritus) - Equine Imagery and the Field of the Cloth of Gold: 7-24 June 1520
Marie-Louise von Plessen, European Cultural Parliament - Dancing with Horses: Equestrian Ballet and Carrousels at European Courts
Pia F. Cuneo, University of Arizona - The Reformation of Riding: Protestant Identity and Horsemanship at North German Courts
Sarah R. Cohen, State University of New York at Albany - Noble Spirit in the Garden: The Gray Horse in the Paradise Landscape of Jan Brueghel the Elder and his Contemporaries
Sally Mitchell, Museum of the Horse, Tuxford - The Perception of Power and the Influence of the Bit
Kasper Lynge Tipsmark, Aarhus University - A Guilded Coronation Trophy: Memory and Materialized Masculanity at the Court of Christian IV of Denmark (1588-1648)
Simon Adams, formerly Strathclyde University - Providing for a Queen: The Earl of Leicester and the Elizabethan Stables
Philip Mansel, Society for Court Studies - Louis XIV and the Politics of the French Royal Stables
Tülay Artan, Sabancı University - Late 17th and early 18th century Ottoman dignitaries and their account books: Where do the trappings of office end, and horse collecting and connoisseurship begin?
José Eloy Hortal Muñoz, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos - The Public Image of Hispanic Monarchs in Early Modern Times: The Role of the Royal Stables
Sally Goodsir, Royal Collection Trust, London - The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
Julian Munby, Oxford Archaeology - Men in the Saddle and Women on Wheels: The Transport Revolution in the Tudor and Stuart Courts
Alexandra Lotz, Cultural Heritage Centre, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and Horses & Heritage, Germany - Noble coarch horses for the court: The Hapsburg imperial stud at Kladrub on the Elbe and the ‘Oldkladruby’ horse
Diana Krischke, LOEWE-Network for Human-Animal-Studies, University of Kassel, and Fürstliche Hofreitschule, Bückeburg, Schaumburg-Lippe - Horse Breeding: From Wild Ancestors to Multi-Purpose Tool and Luxury Object?
Tessa Murdoch, Victoria and Albert Museum, London - Foubert’s Riding Academy in London and Paris, 1668-1768
Catherine Girard, Eastern Washington University - From Experience to Representation: Horses in Depictions of Eighteenth-Century French Hunting
Monica Mattfield, University of Northern British Columbia - Changing the Reins of Power: From Cavendish’s Centaur to Eighteenth-Century Riding Houses and Horses
Stefano Saracino, University of Vienna - Horses and Political Theory in Seventeenth-Century England: The Case of William (1592-1676) and Margaret (1623-1673) Cavendish
Jasmine Dum-Tragut, Centre for the Studies of the Christian East, University of Salzburg; University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna - “This medical book for horses was written on behalf of my king...”: Armenian manuscripts and their royal commissioners

Anthony van Dyck, Charles I on horseback with his riding master, M. de St Antoine
(1633) (copyright Royal Collection Trust, HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2017)

Royal Museums Greenwich, in association with the Society for Court Studies, held a major international conference on the 19-21 April 2018 to mark the conservation and re-display of the Armada Portrait at the Queen’s House, titled ‘Elizabeth I: The Armada and Beyond, 1588 to 2018’. Papers explored aspects of Elizabeth’s representation and reputation through history, from the crisis of the Armada until the present day. Speakers included Tracy Borman, Jackie Eales, Helen Hackett and Hiram Morgan and a keynote paper from Susan Doran on the ‘Memory and commemoration of Elizabeth in the early years of her successor’.

‘Courts and Capitals 1815–1914 (V)’
Society for Court Studies/Victorian Society conference
Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT
10 November 2018

The century before the Great War, far from being a period of decline for monarchies, witnessed a resurgence of court life around the world. In the decades following the defeat of Napoleon, new monarchies appeared, while long-established dynasties sought to consolidate their power. In Europe and beyond, monarchies reshaped the cities in which power was concentrated: new, larger palaces were constructed; royal avenues, squares and parks were created; public ceremonies reached levels of elaboration and participation previously unknown.

A N Wilson - Prince Albert’s London
Jane Ridley - The British monarchy and London 1839-1914 plus Q&A
Talitha Ilacqua - The Creation of an Imperial Summer Capital: Napoleon III, the Basques and Biarritz
David Gelber - Rio Grande: The making of an imperial capital for Brazil, 1822-1889
Philip Mansel - Imperial Apogee: Constantinople and Abdulhamid II, 1876-1909
Andrea Merlotti - Ancient capitals for a new monarchy. The ‘itineranza’ of the Italian Court, 1861-1938: Turin, Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice
George Eckert - From Riches to Rags: the decline and fall of royal Stuttgart (film presentation in speaker’s absence)

Proceedings of this conference will be published in The Court Historian, the journal of the Society for Court Studies. The proceedings of previous conferences can be seen by searching for ‘Courts and Capitals’ on this page.

For further information, please see flyer - programme - podcast of presentation on Royal Stuttgart.

Performance, Royalty and the Court, 1500-1800

The Society for Court Studies, with the support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Birkbeck College School of Arts and Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, held this conference on 11-12 April 2019, ‘Performance, Royalty and the Court, 1500-1800’. You can find the conference schedule here - Programme:

George IV: First Gentleman of Europe

A day symposium, co-organised with the Royal Collection to accompany their recent exhibition, ‘George IV: Art and Spectacle’, 6 March 2020 at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, with speakers including Flora Fraser and Philip Mansel. More details: