Enlightened Princesses


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Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World

Edited by Joanna Marschner with David Bindman and Lisa L. Ford

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Caroline of Ansbach (1683–1737), Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1719–1772), and Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz (1744–1818) were three German princesses who became Queens Consort—or, in the case of Augusta, Queen in Waiting, Regent, and Princess Dowager—of Great Britain, and were linked by their early years at European princely courts, their curiosity, aspirations, and an investment in Enlightenment thought. This sumptuously illustrated book considers the ways these powerful, intelligent women left enduring marks on British culture through a wide range of activities: the promotion of the court as a dynamic forum of the Hanoverian regime; the enrichment of the royal collection of art; the advancement of science and industry; and the creation of gardens and menageries.  Objects included range from spectacular state portraits to pedagogical toys to plant and animal specimens, and reveal how the new and novel intermingled with the traditional.

Published in association with the Yale Center for British Art and Historic Royal Palaces

Exhibition Schedule:

Yale Center for British Art

Kensington Palace

Joanna Marschner is senior curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Kensington Palace. David Bindman is professor emeritus of art history at University College London. Lisa L. Ford is assistant director of research at the Yale Center for British Art.


Yale Center for British Art

Kensington Palace

"The roll call is a guarantee of expertise and new insights; many are veterans of the challenge to the male-dominated Enlightenment narrative."—Charlotte Gere, Apollo

“[A] gorgeously illustrated, deeply researched catalog . . . [a] major achievement, with more than thirty essays remarkable for their many fresh insights on this rediscovered trio and the fascinating epoch in which they lived.”—Martin Filler, New York Review of Books

“It is stuffed with unexpected gems …The accompanying descriptions, often fascinating vignettes in themselves, cumulatively provide a rich analysis of the cultural world
of the princesses.” —Stephen Taylor, History Today
ISBN: 9780300217100
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Yale Center for British Art and Historic Royal Palaces
592 pages, 10 x 11 1/2
528 color + 52 b/w illus.
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