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Queen Influencer – The impact of Anna of Denmark in Scotland

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Discover the influence of Queen Anna of Denmark against the backdrop of late 16th century Edinburgh with our specialised panel of experts.

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HERITAGE STUDY DAY:

Queen Influencer – The impact of Anna of Denmark in Scotland

Born into a dynastic family and married to James VI at just fifteen years of age, Anna of Denmark (1574-1619) was a much-anticipated addition to the Kingdom of Scotland. This event seeks to uncover her influence at court and the cultural impact she made in the years before the Union of the Crowns in 1603. We will also consider the backdrop of late 16th century Edinburgh, the people and places over which Anna ruled, and that formed the beating heart of the Jacobean realm.

Re-evaluation, Rumours and Scandal

Anna of Denmark was Queen consort of Scotland, England, and Ireland by marriage to King James VI and I. Suitors from all over Europe had sought her hand, but she ultimately married 23 year old James when she was only 15. Recent re-evaluations of Anne position her as an influential political figure and assertive mother, with her political interventions in Scotland now regarded as more significant, and certainly more troublesome, than previously considered.

Anna has been variously described as having an independent streak, exhibiting willfulness and living a cosmopolitan lifestyle. She was accused of wearing tunics that were too short, she was occasionally the subject of scandalous rumours, and after two of her ladies-in-waiting were dismissed by her husband, she refused to get out of bed unless they were reinstated, and stayed there for two days, refusing to eat. She hosted one of the richest cultural salons in Europe, playing an influential role in the Jacobean cultural flowering, not only as a patron of writers and artists but as a performer herself, occasionally offending members of the audience, including whilst 6 months pregnant. She loved dancing and pageants, activities often frowned upon in Presbyterian Scotland, and became an enthusiastic playgoer, sponsoring lavish masques “scaling unprecedented heights of dramatic staging and spectacle”, which were avidly attended by foreign ambassadors and dignitaries.

Confirmed morning speakers:

Professor Emerita Maureen Meikle (Leeds Trinity University) 'Anna of Denmark as Queen of Scots, 1590-1603'

Dr. Michael Pearce (Independent) 'Anna of Denmark: Courtiers and Costume'

Dr. Aaron Allen (University of Edinburgh) 'Finding Anna's Edinburgh'

Symposium Chair

Dr. Catriona Murray (University of Edinburgh)

Afternoon session:

A visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street with Senior Curator Kate Anderson

Lunch will be provided.

We are very grateful to the Danish Consulate in Edinburgh and Irons Foulner for their generous support of this event.

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