Introduction: Remembering, Forgetting, and the Power of Memory

  • Estelle Paranque
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


Why is it so important to remember early modern monarchs? First, because the ways in which they were represented after their death show us how societies have evolved and shaped their ruling model from premodern monarchs’ own style of rulership. Second, it also demonstrates that representations are intertwined with reputations and influence, shedding light on the cult of power but also on the cult of personalities. European premodern kings and queens were important political players and were remembered as such but through memory other images take form and are remembered as celebrities in their own right. Remembering can take place through different spectrums: reputation, reinterpretation, and reincarnation. This collection features a series of case studies that offer new examinations of particular historical monarchical figures through these various lens: reputation through literature, reinterpretation through arts, and reincarnation in popular culture.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Estelle Paranque
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  1. 1.New College of the HumanitiesLondonUK

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