An annual programme of seminars is run by the Society for Court Studies in which new work in the field is presented and discussed. These take place in London on weekday evenings, at 6 p.m. at New York University, 6 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3RA, room 102. Refreshments, including wine, are served.

The seminars are free (except the guest lecture) and open to everyone. For further details, please contact the Seminar Secretaries, Olivia Fryman () and Nicola Clark (). Historians interested in giving a seminar paper to the Society should contact the Seminar Secretaries as well.

If you would like to know more about our past seminars, please visit the Archives.

Forthcoming Seminars

23 November 2015

Virginia Rounding, Independent scholar
The court of the last Tsar, 1896 - 1917

14 December 2015

Dr Mark Bryant, University of Chichester
Romancing the throne: Mme de Maintenon’s journey from secret royal governess to the Sun King’s clandestine consort, 1669-84

8 February 2016

Professor Arianne Chernock, Boston University
The right to reign versus the rights of women: Queen Victoria and the women’s movement in 19th-century Britain

14 March 2016

Dr Samantha Howard, Historic Royal Palaces
‘The matchless Graces’ of her mind: The cultural patronage of Augusta, queen in waiting, regent and princess dowager

18 April 2016

Dr Nicola Clark, Royal Holloway, University of London & University of Chichester
Not the Boleyn girls: The Howard women as courtiers, c. 1485–1553

May 2016

Joint event with the IHR Tudor and Stuart seminar

12 September 2016

Dr Stephen Brogan, Royal Holloway, University of London
‘The king touches you, God heals you’. Comparing the royal touch ceremonies of 17th-century England and France

17 October 2016

Dr Jonathan Spangler, Manchester Metropolitan University
Raising the spare: Four Monsieurs at the French court, 1574–1795

14 November 2016

Dr Jacqueline Riding, Birkbeck, University of London
‘His little hour of royalty’: Prince Charles Edward Stuart at the palace of Holyroodhouse

5 December 2016

Professor Sara Smart, University of Exeter
The Brandenburg court of the Hohenzollerns