Elizabeth Wentworth, Countess of Strafford, and her Role in the Vice-Regal Household in Ireland

Pogson, Fiona (2021) Elizabeth Wentworth, Countess of Strafford, and her Role in the Vice-Regal Household in Ireland. The Court Historian, 26 (2). pp. 1-14. (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

One of the early Stuart vicereines of Ireland, Elizabeth Wentworth, countess of Strafford, contributed significantly to the expression of vice-regal honour during her husband’s deputyship. This article draws attention firstly to her work in establishing and maintaining the household of the lord deputy, or viceroy, including her responsibilities in caring for stepchildren and her fulfilment of charitable duties. Secondly, it discusses the ways in which she was presented to others on public occasions. It argues that these interactions were guided in part by Lord Deputy Wentworth’s understanding of older conventions governing the conduct of the governor’s wife, but also influenced by the more recent significance attached to the role of the queen-consort, underlined by the appearance of a portrait of Henrietta Maria in Dublin Castle and its role in Wentworth’s inauguration ceremony.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This article has been accepted for publication in The Court Historian, published by Taylor & Francis.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Fiona Pogson
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2021 14:42
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2021 08:15
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3323

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