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European monarchies and overseas empires

Crowns and Colonies is a set of sixteen original essays by distinguished international scholars that explore the relationship between European monarchies and overseas empires. The essays argue that during much of the history of colonialism there existed a direct and important link between most colonial empires and the institutions of monarchy. The contributions, which encompass the British, French, Dutch, Italian and German empires, examine the constitutional role of the monarchs in overseas territories brought under their flag, royal prerogatives exercised in the empires, individual connections between monarchs and their colonial domains, such aspects of monarchical rule as royal tours and regalia, and the place of indigenous hereditary rulers in the colonial system. Several chapters also focus on the evolution of the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth and former British colonies.

Martin Heale

As major landholding institutions with much local power and influence, the larger monasteries were always in close contact with the Crown. Abbots and priors served on royal commissions, collected taxes and sometimes acted as royal councillors, diplomats and chaplains. Occasionally heavy financial demands on religious houses were also made by the

in Monasticism in late medieval England, c. 1300–1535
J. F. Merritt

The social world of early modern Westminster Chapter 3 Town, cloister and Crown HE upheavals of the 1530s and successive Tudor reformations brought disruption to most aspects of local society in Westminster. Lines of authority within the area, and indeed its whole collective identity, were thrown into disarray. The dissolution of Westminster’s abbey gave rise to special problems, given the earlier prominence of the abbot in the medieval government of the town. Would the new dean and chapter retain the authority that the Abbey had previously exercised here? Or

in The social world of early modern Westminster
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Popular culture and popular protest in early modern England
John Walter

Chapter 1 . Crown and crowd: popular culture and popular protest in early modern England I I n early modern England, authority was always the first historian of popular protest. This has meant that popular political beliefs have to be recovered from the distorting pen of the contemporary magistrate. It is of course a truism that such records tell the historian more about the attitudes and anxieties of authority rather than the thoughts and actions of those engaged in protest. The dangers of such distortion should be obvious, at least since Richard Cobb exposed

in Crowds and popular politics in early modern England
New Zealand’s Maori King movement and its relationship with the British monarchy
Vincent O’Malley

easy to see how tribes that remained ‘loyal’ to the Crown throughout the tumultuous New Zealand Wars conflict over land and sovereignty of the mid-nineteenth century might remain strongly attached to the British monarchy today (even if their supposed ‘loyalty’ was a much more nuanced stance than is sometimes appreciated). 3 The more intriguing question is why those

in Crowns and colonies
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The visual turn in Antony and Cleopatra
Richard Wilson

heart / For what his eyes eat’ [ 2,2,236 ], like ‘those poor birds that helpless berries saw’ [ Venus, 604 ] in the legend of Alexander’s court painter Apelles, recurs throughout this play as a figure for the disenchantment of a round world made flat: The crown o’th’earth doth melt. My lord! O, withered is the garland of the war

in Free Will
Élodie Lecuppre-Desjardin

consider the right of the Crown nor to support the English cause, because, against them, I am a good Frenchman. 1 We would do well to remember that this lawyer in the service of Charles the Bold and his daughter, a former advocate of the Parlement of Malines and a native of Artois, is one of those whom historians have labelled as ‘defectors’ ( transfuges ) to the French camp. A little time after the

in The illusion of the Burgundian state
Positive, negative, and political affects in Shakespeare’s first tetralogy
Paul Joseph Zajac

? Are you not content?’ to which he responds, ‘Content, my liege? Yes. But that I am prevented, / I should have begged I might have been employed’ ( 1 Henry VI 4.1.68–72). While Talbot affirms his contentment as a gesture of obedience to his king, both the rebel Jack Cade and Richard, Duke of York, use the term as they attempt to assert their own, alternative hierarchies. Leading a mob toward London, Cade says, ‘Tell the King from me, that for his father's sake, Henry the Fifth, in whose time boys went to span-counter for French crowns, I am content he shall reign

in Positive emotions in early modern literature and culture
Christopher Morgan

chapter2 28/1/05 1:25 pm Page 27 2 ‘No-one with a crown of light’ Introduction In his autobiography, No-one (1985), R. S. Thomas recounts his reaction to the sight of his shadow falling on the pre-Cambrian rocks at Braich y Pwll on the Llyn peninsula: On seeing his shadow fall on such ancient rocks, he had to question himself in a different context and ask the same old question as before, ‘Who am I?’, and the answer now came more emphatically than ever before, ‘No-one.’ But a no-one with a crown of light about his head. He would remember a verse from Pindar

in R. S. Thomas
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Ritual and politics in France before the Revolution
Author: Anne Byrne

In May 1774, Louis XV died, triggering a sequence of rituals unseen in fifty-nine years. This book explores how these one-in-a-reign rituals unfolded fifteen years before the Revolution. From the deathbed of Louis XV, the book covers his funeral, the lit de justice of November 1774, and the coronation of Louis XVI and related ceremonies in June 1775, relating them all to the politics of the day. Threads of continuity emerge from this closely woven narrative to form a compelling picture of these ceremonies in the dynamic culture of 1770s France. Light is shed on the place of monarchy, the recall of the parlements and the conduct of the coronation. This study provides an overview of the current state of the field of ritual studies in English and French, situating ritual in relation to court studies as well as political history. It covers court life, the relationship between the monarch and the parlement, the preparation of large-scale rituals and the ways in which those outside the court engaged with these events, providing rich detail on this under-researched period. Written in a clear, lively style, this book is the ideal text for the non-specialist and, as each chapter deals with one ritual, it lends itself readily to undergraduate teaching of topics around monarchy, court society, ritual, and politics, including the Maupeou coup. More advanced students and specialists on the period will find new perspectives and information presented in an engaging manner.