“Nothing but Ceremony”: Queen Anne and the Limitations of Royal Ritual

  title={“Nothing but Ceremony”: Queen Anne and the Limitations of Royal Ritual},
  author={Robert Bucholz},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
  pages={288 - 323}
  • R. Bucholz
  • Published 1 July 1991
  • History
  • Journal of British Studies
In recent years, historians of the Augustan period have done much to rehabilitate the posthumous reputation of Queen Anne, a monarch traditionally viewed as dull, weak, reactionary, and easily led. Beginning in the 1920s with the work of W. T. Morgan, continuing with that of G. M. Trevelyan and G. S. Holmes, and culminating in the definitive biography by Edward Gregg, Anne has gradually emerged as a figure to be reckoned with. We have come to see her as a tenacious and often skillful navigator… 

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