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Image Wars: Promoting Kings and Commonwealths in England, 1603-1660
     

Image Wars: Promoting Kings and Commonwealths in England, 1603-1660

by Kevin Sharpe
 

Spin and photo opportunities may appear to have emerged onto the political scene only recently, but in fact image and its manipulation have always been vital to the authority of rulers. This book, the second in Kevin Sharpe’s trilogy exploring image, power, and communication in early modern England, examines its importance during the turbulent seventeenth

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Spin and photo opportunities may appear to have emerged onto the political scene only recently, but in fact image and its manipulation have always been vital to the authority of rulers. This book, the second in Kevin Sharpe’s trilogy exploring image, power, and communication in early modern England, examines its importance during the turbulent seventeenth century. From the coronation of James I to the end of Cromwell’s protectorate, Sharpe considers how royalists and parliamentarians—often using the same vocabularies—sought to manage their public image through words, pictures, and performances in order to win support and secure and enhance their authority.

Editorial Reviews

Seventeenth Century News
Image Wars . . . is likely to be a significant part of the conversation about early-modern English politics for some time to come.”—Seventeenth Century News
Studies in English Literature
“Sharpe has produced one of the most ambitious cross-disciplinary studies of politics and visual culture in the period.”—Studies in English Literature
Journal of British Studies - Alastair Bellany
"The book is learned and inventive, lucidly argued and exhaustively documented, definitive in places, and helpfully speculative in others. . . . It is a volume to be pondered over, argued with, and enthusiastically welcomed."—Alastair Bellany, Journal of British Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300162004
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/27/2010
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.30(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Sharpe is director of the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and professor of renaissance studies at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of The Personal Rule of Charles I, Reading Revolutions, and Selling the Tudor Monarchy. He lives in Warwickshire, England.

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