The Zenith of European Monarchy and Its Elites: The Politics of Culture, 1650-1750

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By the mid-seventeenth century, several major European monarchies were collapsing. Battered by incessant war and religious rebellion, rulers clashed with landowners and clergy on whom they relied for territorial and spiritual support. Nicholas Henshall argues that from this crisis emerged a new deal. Monarchs reasserted traditional values and resolved to work with, rather than against, their nobles and churches.

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Overview

By the mid-seventeenth century, several major European monarchies were collapsing. Battered by incessant war and religious rebellion, rulers clashed with landowners and clergy on whom they relied for territorial and spiritual support. Nicholas Henshall argues that from this crisis emerged a new deal. Monarchs reasserted traditional values and resolved to work with, rather than against, their nobles and churches.

The Zenith of European Monarchy and its Elites: The Politics of Culture, 1650–1750:

focuses on a previously neglected key elite bonding strategy

explains how a common identity was forged by erecting cultural defences against outsiders

demonstrates how the power and prestige of the ruling classes rose to unprecedented heights.

Essential reading for students and scholars of early modern European history, this fascinating new study shows how the period 1650–1750 gains a new coherence – as the pinnacle of Europe's monarchies and their elites.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333613917
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Series: European History in Perspective Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

NICHOLAS HENSHALL was formerly Head of History at Stockport Grammar School and editor of History Review magazine. His previous publications include The Myth of Absolutism (1992).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 Key Themes of Elite Culture 40

Ch. 2 The Formation of Elite Cultural Hegemony 56

Ch. 3 Basic Agendas: 'Science', Political Culture and Religion 71

Ch. 4 Media and Messages: the Arts 119

Ch. 5 The End of an Age: the Mid-eighteenth Century 193

Conclusion 216

Notes 222

Bibliography 268

Index 287

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