All the Queen’s Jewels, 1445–1548: A Talk by Dr Nicola Tallis

Talk

Power, Majesty and Display

From Margaret of Anjou to Katherine Parr, All the Queen’s Jewels examines the jewellery collections of the ten queen consorts of England between 1445–1548, and investigates the collections of jewels a queen had access to, as well as the varying contexts in which queens used and wore jewels.

The jewellery worn by queens reflected both their gender and their status as the first lady of the realm. Jewels were more than decorative adornments; they were an explicit display of wealth, majesty and authority. They were often given to queens by those who wished to seek her favour or influence and were also associated with key moments in their lifecycle. These included courtship and marriage, successfully negotiating childbirth (and thus providing dynastic continuity), and their elevation to queenly status or coronation. This book explores the way that queens acquired jewels, whether via their predecessor, their own commission or through gift giving. It underscores that jewels were a vital tool that enabled queens to shape their identities as consort, and to fashion images of power that could be seen by their households, court and contemporaries.

This book is perfect for anyone interested in medieval and Tudor history, queenship, jewellery and the history of material culture.

Nicola Tallis is an independent historian, whose interests are sixteenth century queenship and jewellery. She is the author of Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey (2016), Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester (2017), and Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch (2019).

This event is in-person only and will not be streamed or recorded. It will be taking place in the Cathedral library and Nicola will be signing copies of All the Queen's Jewels afterwards.