“Dancing Queen”: The Court Ballets of Anne of Austria, Queen of France (1615-1635)

Canova-Green, Marie-Claude. 2021. “Dancing Queen”: The Court Ballets of Anne of Austria, Queen of France (1615-1635). The Castle Chronicles. Annals, ISSN 0239-4898 [Article] (Forthcoming)

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This paper investigates the ballets danced by Queen Anne of Austria at the French court in the years 1615-1635 with a view to showing how their form and content were less the result of personal preferences, but had more to do with the “domestication” of the Queen. Anne was constantly reminded of her duties of loyalty and submission to her royal husband, and made to pay homage to her mother-in-law in a show of subservience without precedent.

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The paper is published in a special issue of The Castle Chronicles. Annals, dedicated to the early modern court theatre, to coincide with an exhibition on the court theatre of Ladislas IV Vasa at The Royal Castle in Warsaw.


French Court ballet; Saraos, Máscaras, Comedias; Saraband; Pastoral plays; Queen consort; Motherhood; Beauty; Dependence; Submission; Salic Law

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English and Comparative Literature


2 February 2021Accepted

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08 Apr 2021 09:55

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01 Oct 2021 17:03

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