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Every Inch a King: Comparative Studies on Kings and Kingship in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds
     

Every Inch a King: Comparative Studies on Kings and Kingship in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

by Brill
 

The role of kings, the source of their authority and the nature of the practical restraints on their power have exercised political and religious philosophers, historians, competing candidates for rule and subject populations from the time of the earliest documented human societies. How the kingly image is created and presented and how the ruler performs his or her

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The role of kings, the source of their authority and the nature of the practical restraints on their power have exercised political and religious philosophers, historians, competing candidates for rule and subject populations from the time of the earliest documented human societies. How the kingly image is created and presented and how the ruler performs his or her function as the source of justice are among the topics addressed in this volume, which also covers the role of queens in maintaining dynastic succession yet being the target of tales of adultery. This volume is of particular interest in bringing together studies of kingly power from Cyrus the Great and Alexander in the ancient world to Shah Abbas in the seventeenth century, and covering the European Middle Ages as well as Iran and the Muslim world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004228979
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/15/2012
Series:
Rulers & Elites , #2
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Melville, Ph.D. (1978) in Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, is Professor of Persian History at Cambridge and Director of the Cambridge Shahnama Project. He has published extensively on the history and historiography of Mongol and Safavid Persia, including recently Epic of the Persian Kings: the art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, with Barbara Brend (London, 2010).

Lynette Mitchell, Ph.D. (1994) in Greek History at the University of Durham, is Associate Professor in Greek History and Politics at the University of Exeter. She has published widely on Greek history political thought in the archaic and classical periods, and is currently completing a monograph on kingship in archaic and classical Greece.

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