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The Routledge History of Monarchy

1st Edition

Edited by Elena Woodacre, Lucinda H.S. Dean, Chris Jones, Zita Rohr, Russell Martin


728 pages

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Hardback: 9781138703322
pub: 2019-07-01
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The Routledge History of Monarchy draws together current research across the field of royal studies, providing a rich understanding of the history of monarchy from a variety of geographical, cultural and temporal contexts.

Divided into four parts, this book presents a wide range of case studies relating to different aspects of monarchy throughout a variety of times and places, and uses these case studies to highlight different perspectives of monarchy and enhance understanding of rulership and sovereignty in terms of both concept and practice. Including case studies chosen by specialists in a diverse array of subjects, such as history, art, literature, and gender studies, it offers an extensive global and interdisciplinary approach to the history of monarchy, providing a thorough insight into the workings of monarchies within Europe and beyond, and comparing different cultural concepts of monarchy within a variety of frameworks, including social and religious contexts.

Opening up the discussion of important questions surrounding fundamental issues of monarchy and rulership, The Routledge History of Monarchy is the ideal book for students and academics of royal studies, monarchy, or political history.

Table of Contents

Elena Woodacre

Understanding the Mechanisms of Monarchy


  1. Models & Concepts of Rulership
  2. Chris Jones: Introduction

    Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez de la Peña

    The "Wise King" topos in context: Royal Literacy and Political Theology in Medieval Western Europe (c.1000-1200)

    Laura Fábián

    The Biblical King Solomon in Representations of Western European Medieval Royalty

    Manuela Santos Silva

    Regal Power and the Royal Family in a Thirteenth-Century Iberian Legislative Programme

    Charlotte Backerra

    Personal Union, Composite Monarchy, and "Multiple Rule"

    Matthias Schnettger

    Dynastic Succession in an Elective Monarchy: The Habsburgs and the Holy Roman Empire

    Matthias Range

    Dei Gratia and the "Divine Right of Kings": Divine Legitimization or Human Humility?

    Pascal Buresi

    A Case-Study of Pre-Modern Islamic Monarchy: The Almohad Caliphate of the Maghreb and al-Andalus in the 12th–13th Centuries

    David Mednicoff

    Contemporary Kingship in Muslim Arab Societies in Comparative Context




  3. Ritual & Representation
  4. Lucinda Dean: Introduction

    Paul Webster

    Faith, Power and Charity: Personal Religion and Kingship in Medieval England

    David Malitz

    The Nation as a Ritual Community: Royal Nation-Building in Imperial Japan and Post-War Thailand

    Christoph de Spiegeleer

    The Nationalisation and Mediatisation of European Monarchies in Times of Sorrow: Royal Deaths and Funerals in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century

    Trond Isaksen

    A Useless Ceremony of Some Use: A Comparative Study of Attitudes to Coronations in Norway and Sweden in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

    Eugénia Rodrigues

    Negotiating with the Neighbours: Kingship and Diplomacy in Munhumutapa

    Philippa Woodcock

    Early Modern Monarchy and Foreign Travel

    Hélder Carvalhal

    Kingship and Masculinity in Renaissance Portugal (Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries)

    Estelle Paranque

    Royal Representation through the Father and Warrior Figures in Early Modern Europe

    Anna Duch

    Chasing St. Louis: The English Monarchy's Pursuit of Sainthood

    Catriona Murray

    Raising Royal Bodies: Stuart Authority and the Monumental Image

    Mikolaj Getka-Kenig

    In Pursuit of Social Allies: Royal Residences and Political Legitimacy in Post-Revolutionary Europe, 1804-1830

    Benjamin Wild

    Clothing Royal Bodies: Changing Attitudes to Royal Dress and Appearance from the Middle Ages to Modernity





  5. Dynasty & Succession
  6. Russell E. Martin: Introduction

    Russell E. Martin

    Anticipatory Association of the Heir in Early Modern Russia: Primogeniture and Succession in Russia’s Ruling Dynasties

    Derek Whaley

    From a Salic Law to the Salic Law: The Creation and Re-Creation of the Royal Succession System of Medieval France

    Jonathan Spangler

    A Family Affair: Cultural Anxiety, Political Debate and the Nature of Monarchy in Seventeenth-Century France and Britain

    Sarah Betts

    What's in a name? Dynasty, Succession and England's Queens Regnant (1553-2016)

    Aidan Norrie

    Female Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt

    Theresa Earenfight & Kristen Geaman

    Neither Heir nor Spare: Childless Queens and the Practice of Monarchy in Pre-Modern Europe

    Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

    Harem Politics: Royal Women and Succession Crises in the Ancient Near East (c. 1400-300 BCE)

    Emily Joan Ward

    Child kings and guardianship in North-Western Europe c.1050-c.1250

    Beverly J. Stoeltje

    Creating chiefs and queen mothers in Ghana: obstacles and opportunities

    Cathleen Sarti

    Deposition of Monarchs in Northern Kingdoms, 1300-1700




  7. Exercising Authority & Exerting Influence

Zita Rohr: Introduction

Stephen Donnachie

Male Consorts and Royal Authority in the Crusader States

Kim Bergqvist

Kings and Nobles on the Fringe of Christendom: A comparative perspective on Monarchy and Aristocracy in the European Middle Ages

Henric Bagerius and Christine Ekholst

For Better or for Worse: Royal Marital Sexuality as Political Critique in Late Medieval Europe

Joanne Paul with Valerie Schutte

The Tudor Monarchy of Counsel and the Growth of Reason of State

Susan Broomhall

Ruling Emotions: Affective and emotional strategies of power and authority among early modern European monarchies

Chad Denton

From Galanterie to Scandal: The Sexuality of the King from Louis XIV to XVI

Frank Jacob

Queen Min, Foreign Policy, and the Role of Female Leadership in Late Nineteenth-Century Korea

About the Editors

Elena Woodacre is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Winchester. Her publications include The Queens Regnant of Navarre; Succession, Politics and Partnership (2013) and she has edited/co-edited several collections including, Queenship in the Mediterranean (2013), The Image and Perception of Monarchy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (2014), Royal Mothers and their Ruling Children (2015) and Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Eras (2016). Elena is the organiser of the ‘Kings & Queens’ conference series and the founder of the international Royal Studies Network. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal.

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HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Africa / North
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Reference
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century