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Perceiving Power in Early Modern Europe

  • Francis K.H. So

About this book

Introduction

This collection conceptualizes the question of rulership in past centuries, incorporating such diverse disciplines as archaeology, art history, history, literature and psychoanalysis to illustrate how kings and queens ruled in Europe from the antiquity to early modern times. It discusses forms of kingship such as client-kingship, monarchy, queen consort and regnant queenship that manifest gubernatorial power in concert with paternal succession and the divine right of the king. While the king assumes a religious dimension in his obligatory functions, justice and peace are vital elements to maintain his sovereignty. 

The active side of governmental power is to keep peace and order leading to prosperity for the subjects; the passive side of power is to protect the subjects from external attack and free them from fear. These concepts of power find concurrence in modern times as well as in non-European cultures. Through a truly cross-cultural, transnational, multidimensional, gender-conscious and interdisciplinary study, this collection offers a cutting edge account of how power has been exercised and demonstrated in various cultures of some bygone eras.

Keywords

Governmental Power Divine Right of the King Justice and Peace Early Modern Europe King Arthur Royalty and Divinity

Editors and affiliations

  • Francis K.H. So
    • 1
  1. 1.Kaohsiung Medical UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58381-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58624-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58381-9
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