Margaret Hodges’ Lady Queen Anne: A Biography of Queen Anne of England, a long biography of a marginal English ruler, is arranged in chapters that are named for places that figured predominately in the lives of the Stuart kings and queens (15871714)—their homes (castles and country homes), the cities that they lived in and visited (such as London and Bath), and where they worshiped (St. Paul’s Cathedral). Within that framework, the chronological narrative is centered on the major events that affected the queen’s life.
In her foreword, Hodges tells the reader that, though Queen Anne had lived, reigned, and died almost three hundred years earlier, the issues of her period remain important. The author also explains that the biography is taken from documents, letters, diaries, histories, and writings from the period. An afterword discusses what happened after Queen Anne’s death; talks about the surviving figures who had so strongly influenced her life, notably the earl and duchess of Marlborough; and analyzes the failed attempts of her stepbrother’s son, Bonnie Prince Charlie, to overthrow her Hanoverian successor, George I, and restore the Stuarts to the throne. Lady Queen Anne ends in a summary of the remarkable, artistically rich period during which she reigned and of the influence that she had on England, France, and the American colonies.
The period covered in this biography is a confusing one historically....
(The entire section is 445 words.)