Polished Cornerstones of the Temple

Queenly Libraries of the Enlightenment

5bb9b0e8e2d82.jpg Author Maria Luisa Lopez-Vidriero
Isbn 9780712349079
File size 8.2MB
Year 2005
Pages 112
Language English
File format PDF
Category Culture

Book Description:

Based on the Panizzi Lectures given in the British Library in November 2004, The Polished Cornerstones of the Temple examines the impact of women's educational projects on female reading and book collecting in the royal courts of the eighteenth century.

Because monarchs are international figures who also provide a behaviour-model for their national subjects; they make excellent case-studies for observing particular national patterns within the wider context of European written culture. The main part of the study is devoted to exploring the libraries of two queens: Caroline of Ansbach (1638-1727), wife of George II, and Elizabeth Farnese (1692-1766), wife of Philip V. By comparing and contrasting their two great collections, author Maria Luisa Lopez-Vidriero moves beyond Protestant-Catholic intellectual and religious differences and begins to define a European eighteenth-century female literary canon.




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