Introduction; 1. The sceptre and the distaff: mapping the domestic in Caroline royal family portraiture; 2. 'Deare heart': framing the royal couple in The Kings Cabinet Opened; 3. Material legacies: family matters in Eikon Basilike and Eikonoklastes; 4. Recipes for royalism: Henrietta Maria and The Queens Closet Opened; 5. 'Protectresse and a drudge': the court and cookery of Elizabeth Cromwell; 6. 'No fear lest dinner coole': Milton's housewives and the politics of Eden; Afterword; Works cited.
Knoppers examines the domestic image of the royal family as a contested propaganda tool in the English Revolution and beyond.
Laura Lunger Knoppers is Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. She has published widely on seventeenth-century British literature, visual culture, politics and religion, particularly on the works of John Milton. Her books include Historicizing Milton: Spectacle, Power, and Poetry in Restoration England (1994) and Constructing Cromwell: Ceremony, Portrait, and Print, 1645-1661 (2000). She edited The 1671 Poems: Paradise Regain'd and Samson Agonistes for The Complete Works of John Milton (General Editors Thomas N. Corns and Gordon Campbell) and she is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing (2009) and Puritanism and its Discontents (2003).
'A fascinating exploration of seventeenth century cookery.' The Times Literary Supplement