Anna-Marie Linnell has been working on a doctoral study at the University of Exeter as part of the The Stuart Successions Project. Her thesis investigates the representation of royal consorts from the accession of James I in 1603 to the accession of Queen Anne in 1702.
Moments of succession were crucibles for political and literary change. Anna-Marie’s research looks at a wide range of material published at these important moments, including plays, pamphlets and poems. She aims to create a history of literature about royal consorts across the period..
I’m interested in the representation of women in the media and in women’s writing. The seventeenth century is so fascinating to study in relation to those interests because it is a period in which all kinds of new forms of media emerge: the first newsbooks are printed and print culture becomes a much more regular and a much more normal part of political life.
While working on her doctorate, Anna-Marie also established and led a community history project called Staging Exeter. This RCUK funded project explored old performance sites across Exeter and worked with local drama groups and students to put historic plays back on stage. It resulted in a public exhibition and series of drama performances.