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The Power of Kings: Monarchy and Religion in Europe, 1589 -1715 [Paperback]

By Paul Kleber Monod (Author)
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In the sixteenth century, the kings of Europe were like gods to their subjects. Within 150 years, however, this view of monarchs had altered dramatically: a king was the human, visible sign of the rational state. How did such a momentous shift in political understanding come about? This sweeping book explores the changing cultural significance of the power of European kings from the assassination of France's Henry III to the death of Louis XIV. Paul Kleber Monod draws on political history, political philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and literature to understand the relationship between kings and their political subjects and the interplay between monarchy and religion. He also makes use of 35 paintings and statues to illuminate the changing public images of kings. Discussing monarchies throughout Europe, from Britain to Russia, Monod tells how sixteenth-century kings and queens were thought to heal the sick with a touch, were mediators between divine authority and the Christian self in quasi-religious ceremonies, and were seen as ideal mirrors of human identity. By 1715, the sacred authority of the monarchy had been supplanted by an ideology fusing internal moral responsibility with external obedience to an abstract political authority. Subjects were expected to identify not with a sacred king but with the natural person of the ruler. No longer divine, the kings and queens of the Enlightenment took up a new, more human place in the hearts and minds of their subjects.

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Studio: Yale University Press
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.31 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 11, 2001
Publisher   Yale University Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0300090668  
ISBN13  9780300090666  

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Paul Kleber Monod currently resides in the state of Vermont.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Europe > General
2Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Western
3Books > Subjects > History > World > General
4Books > Subjects > History > World
5Books > Subjects > Law > Perspectives on Law > Non-US Legal Systems
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > General
7Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > History & Theory
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General
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Good effort, but cryptic  Jun 28, 2002
Somewhere in this book Monod has a good point. The problem is that his writing is cryptic, and the point is hard to find. Even if you manage to do it, you will probably find that it was not worth the effort.

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