Royal Studies Journal

A Winchester University Press Electronic Journal

The Royal Studies Journal is an online and fully open access publication which adheres to the highest standards of academic double blind peer-review. It provides a truly international and inter-disciplinary forum for scholars whose research is connected to monarchy in any aspect, period or geographical setting.

ISSN: 2057-6730


Publication of our first special issue!

See our first special issue 'Taking Possession' with guest editor Jennifer Mara de Silva, which is out now!  
Posted: 2016-12-19 More...

Issue Four (vol.3 no.1) is out!

Don't miss our biggest issue to date with all the information on the first annual RSJ/CCCU prize winners!  
Posted: 2016-06-28 More...
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Vol 3, No 2 (2016) : Issue Five: Special Issue 'Taking Posession'

Our fifth issue is our first special edition-'Taking Possession' with our guest editor, Jennifer Mara DeSilva.

Table of Contents

Cover Page
William Hondius (1646), Triumphal Arch in Gdańsk to celebrate the ceremonial entry of Marie Louise Gonzaga, National Library of Poland, (image in the public domain-available from WikiCommons)


Taking Possession: Rituals, Space and Authority
Jennifer Mara DeSilva
The Joyous Entry of Albert and Isabella in Lille: history, conquest and the making of Belgium
Ellen Wurtzel
Possessing Rome ‘in absentia’: The Titular Churches of the Spanish Monarchy in the Early Seventeenth Century
Cloe Cavero de Carondelet
The Ceremonial Possession of a City: Ambassdors and their Carriages in Early Modern Rome
John M Hunt
The Limits of Diplomatic Ritual: The Polish Embassy of Giovanni Francesco Commendone (1572-1573) and Criticism of Papal Legates in Early Modern Europe
Charles Keenan

Book Reviews

Watkins, Stephen: The Reign of Anarchy (Penguin Monarchs, 2015).
Hayley Elizabeth Bassett
Church, King John: England, Magna Carta and the Making of a Tyrant (Macmillan, 2015).
Stephen Donnachie
Crook and Wilkinson (eds.), The Growth of Royal Government under Henry III (Boydell & Brewer, 2015).
Benjamin Linley Wild
Emery, Seats of Power during the Hundred Years War (Oxbow Books, 2015).
Audrey Thorstad
Rohr, Yolande of Aragon (1381-1442) Family and Power: The Reverse of the Tapestry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Derek R Whaley
Pitts, Digging for Richard: How Archeology Found the King (Thames & Hudson, 2014).
Andrew Pickering
James, Edward IV: Glorious Son of York (Amberley Publishing, 2015).
Joanna Louise Laynesmith
Hayton, The Crown and the Cosmos: Astrology and the Politics of Maximilian I (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015).
Natalie Margaret Anderson
Woodacre & Fleiner (eds.), Royal Mothers and their Ruling Children: Wielding Political Authority from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Julia Heinemann
Levin and Stewart-Nuñez (eds.), Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Valerie Schutte
Cressy, Charles I and the People of England (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Sarah Betts
Jackson, Charles II: The Star King (Penguin, 2016) & Pritchard, Scandalous Liaisons: Charles II and His Court (Amberley, 2015).
Stephen Watkins
Glencross, The State Visits of Edward VII: Reinventing Royal Diplomacy for the Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Laura Cook
Hurd, Elizabeth II: The Steadfast (Penguin Monarchs, 2015).
Valentina Villa
Range, British Royal and State Funerals, Music and Ceremonial since Elizabeth I (Boydell Press, 2016).
Ondřej Stolička