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Hovpolitik: Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotte som politisk aktör vid det gustavianska hovet
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2013 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation examines political life at the Swedish Gustavian Court through Duchess Charlotte (1759–1818). She was the Swedish monarch’s sister-in-law and well-known for her political memoirs. This study reassesses the Duchess as a political agent in her own right by taking into account earlier neglected sources.

Drawing inspiration from previous research, I elaborate my empirical findings in an analytical framework called court politics. My claim is that politics involved both men and women at court since it was a key part of social life. I also structure the political agency of the Duchess into six different spheres. Each sphere is equivalent to a combined set of space, social relations, and activities, each of which supplied her with political capital. There are four spheres corresponding to the essential features of the royal identity: firstly, being at the head of a court; secondly, as part of the Swedish royal family; thirdly, in the performance of social duties at court; and fourthly, being the Duke’s consort. The two other spheres derive from the Duchess’s personal life, such as in her relationship with the Fersen family and her close circle of female friends. My examples reveal the Duchess acting as a leading figure in the social life of the Stockholm elite, hereby influencing the composition of political circles. She acted as a patron for court positions and solicited the Duke and the monarch for political purposes. When she was unsatisfied with their political decisions, she refused to host any social occasions, creating disorder within court society.

The major focus in previous investigations of elite women’s political power has been on their marital status as a means of influence. By framing the Duchess’s agency in six spheres, I position her between the aristocracy and royal authority, together with both men and women of her social status. Thus, this case study offers a display of the complex dynamics of power at the Gustavian court.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2013. , 148 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in History, ISSN 1650-2418 ; 14
Keyword [sv]
Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotte, Gustaf III, familjen von Fersen, gustavianska hovet, elitkvinnor, politiska praktiker, hovpolitik, politiska sfärer
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30751ISBN: 978-91-7668-964-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-30751DiVA: diva2:646480
Public defence
2013-11-01, Hörsal Bio, Forumhuset, Örebro universitet, S. Grev Roseng. 18, 703 62 ÖREBRO, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-09-09 Created: 2013-09-09 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Hertiginnan & hovpolitiken
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hertiginnan & hovpolitiken
(Swedish)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-32594 (URN)
Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
2. Hertiginnan, hovet & staden i det gustavianska Stockholm
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hertiginnan, hovet & staden i det gustavianska Stockholm
2013 (Swedish)In: Sjuttonhundratal, ISSN 1652-4772, 103-125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30944 (URN)
Available from: 2013-09-25 Created: 2013-09-25 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
3. Honnêta män, italienska seder och kunglig impotens: hertiginnan Charlotte om Gustaf III:s hov
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Honnêta män, italienska seder och kunglig impotens: hertiginnan Charlotte om Gustaf III:s hov
2013 (Swedish)In: Kvinnorna gör mannen: maskulinitetskonstruktioner i kvinnors text och bild 1500–2000 / [ed] Kristina Fjelkestam, Helena Hill, David Tjeder, Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2013, 1, 165-189 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2013 Edition: 1
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30945 (URN)9789170611223 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-09-25 Created: 2013-09-25 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
4. « …que dumoin apres ma mort la verite perse… »: La duchesse Charlotte, journaliste à la cour de Suède
Open this publication in new window or tab >>« …que dumoin apres ma mort la verite perse… »: La duchesse Charlotte, journaliste à la cour de Suède
2014 (French)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-32590 (URN)
Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
5. Libertinage féminin à la cour suédoise du XVIIIe siècle à travers les écrits de la duchesse de Sudermanie
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Libertinage féminin à la cour suédoise du XVIIIe siècle à travers les écrits de la duchesse de Sudermanie
2011 (French)In: Amour divin, amour mondain dans les écrits du for privé de la fin du Moyen Âge à 1914 / [ed] Maurice Daumas, Pau, 2011, 141-151 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Pau: , 2011
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30946 (URN)9782350682266 (ISBN)
Conference
Amour divin, amour mondain dans les écrits du for privé de la fin du Moyen Âge à 1914, Pau, 2010
Available from: 2013-09-25 Created: 2013-09-25 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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