Webinar: A Thoroughly Modern Mary

04 May 2024
In this expert webinar from History Scotland, Professor Steven J. Reid, Professor of Early Modern Scottish History and Culture at the University of Glasgow, explores the afterlife of Mary, Queen of Scots in the 20th and 21st century.


In this talk, Professor Steven Reid talks about the new essay collection The Afterlife of Mary, Queen of Scots, the culmination of an eight-year project looking at Mary’s reception in popular culture from her death in 1587 until the present day.

Professor Reid will focus on representations of Mary across a wide range of text, media and objects since the beginning of the 20th century, and show how Mary’s distinct image and story still continues to fascinate global audiences.

The talk will explore where Mary currently stands in historical debates and literature, and how these have developed over the past half century; Mary’s place in contemporary drama and literature, in works including Liz Lochhead’s Mary Queen of Scots Got her Head Chopped Off; a round up of all the films and TV programmes Mary has appeared in; Mary’s place in education and children’s literature; Mary’s place in modern art and performance (including drag portrayals); and commercial objects relating to Mary.

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The life and death of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587) continues to inspire and fascinate, and this exclusive talk will explore our ever-changing relationship with the tragic figure, assessing how culture, gender, and society influence our attitudes to her.

This expert History Scotland webinar will be hosted by Dr Allan Kennedy. The session, broadcast via Zoom, will include a Q&A session at the end, and all registrants will be able to view a recording of the talk for 30 days after the session.