The Progresses of James VI & I, c.1580-1625: authority, multiple-monarchy and gendered representation on the road.
Supervisor: Professor Laura Stewart
This project focuses on the politicisation of royal travel in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth century Scotland and England. The creation of a new ‘British’ monarchy and the changing dynamics of royal power under James VI & I can only be fully understood once the historiographical lacuna of his royal progresses has been addressed. By studying James and his family in settings beyond the royally-managed environs of the palace complex – rural roads, provincial towns, villages and country houses – the project will reconsider orthodox conceptions of image-making, gender and what constituted ‘the political’, at the turn of the seventeenth century.