AbstractsWomens Studies

Lucy Percy Jay, Countess of Carlisle: Wanton Seductress or Influential Broker

by Ingrid Lemstra

Institution: Leiden University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Lucy Carlisle; lady-in-waiting; Caroline court; Queen Henrietta Maria; influence of female household; court poetry; court masques; correspondence; power of forms; female patronage
Record ID: 1270471
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/31886


Women held many kinds of important facilitating roles in early modern society which have been obscured by male-focused historiographies; specifically within the court, ladies-in-waiting were ideally placed to dispense patronage because of their privileged access to the monarch. This thesis sets out to show the operations of private-sphere female patronage by studying the patronage activities of one of Queen Henrietta Maria’s Ladies of the Bedchamber, the Countess of Carlisle, who was one of the most influential ladies-in-waiting during the seventeenth century.