The Royal Image: Representations of Charles I

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This volume deals with the crisis in the representation of the monarchy that was provoked by the execution of Charles I, the 350th anniversary of which falls in 1999. It looks at both sympathetic and hostile representations of Charles I, and addresses not only the period of mid-century crisis but also the earlier years of his reign and the afterlife of his royal image. Besides courtly and popular literary representations, it examines Charles's visual image in paintings, sculpture, engravings and coins, and considers the role of the King's Music in projecting a positive view of the monarch. The volume will appeal not only to literary scholars but also to historians, art historians and musicologists.
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"Readers as well as politicians had a vested interest in this ownership of the royal image...What emerges then from this fine collection of essays is a sense of the instability of the royal image." Jrnl of English and Gemanic Philology, Jan 2002
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521590471
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
1 Duke, prince and king 1
2 'A ball of strife': Caroline poetry and royal marriage 26
3 Popular representations of Charles I 47
4 'Incendiaries of the state': Charles I and tyranny 74
5 The king among the radicals 96
6 Eikon Basilike and the rhetoric of self-representation 122
7 Milton and King Charles 141
8 The King's Music 162
9 The visual image of Charles I 176
10 The royal martyr in the Restoration 240
11 Reviving the martyr king: Charles I as Jacobite icon 263
12 The royal image: an afterword 288
Index 310
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