December 9 Monday

Exhibit, "Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair"

  • Monday, December 9, 2019 at 10:00AM - 10:00AM
  • Level L2, Sterling Law Building
  • Open To The Public
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Two centuries ago Queen Caroline of England was put on trial for adultery by her husband George IV, provoking an unprecedented media frenzy. Two Yale libraries, the Lewis Walpole Library and the Lillian Goldman Law Library, are marking the bicentennial of the trial with a joint exhibition, "Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair." The colorful exhibition is co-curated by Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings at the Walpole, and Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at the Law Library. Drawing on the Lewis Walpole Library's strengths in graphic satire and the Law Library's collections of trial accounts and illustrated legal texts, "Trial by Media" examines the role of print media in documenting the Queen Caroline affair and shaping public perceptions. The items range from mocking caricatures to political screeds and sober, journalistic accounts. Today these sources serve as a lens for studying gender roles, class divisions, publishing, political satire, and British politics.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Lillian Goldman Law Library; Lewis Walpole Library.


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Contact Information

Mike Widener