Kingship And Propaganda: Royal Eloquence And The Crown Of Aragon C.1200-1450 by Suzanne F. Cawsey

Kingship And Propaganda: Royal Eloquence And The Crown Of Aragon C.1200-1450

bySuzanne F. Cawsey

Hardcover | September 30, 2004

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In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries the Crown of Aragon was a rapidly expanding and powerful political unit with an original form of representative government. Throughout this period a series of energetic and talented rulers sought to maintain royal authority and govern their realmseffectively. Their persuasive rhetoric, and that of their advisers, is preserved in the archives of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona, which provide a rich and under-exploited vein of source material for historians. There are long letters to their subjects, historical works, and the proceedings ofthe cortes, where the kings and queens perusaded their reluctant subjects to grant taxes and to support their decisions. Suzanne F. Cawsey examines the tradition of royal eloquence, thereby illuminating the nature of political discourse and persuasion in medieval Aragon and exploring the key ideasshared by the king and the political classes of the kingdom.

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Suzanne F. Cawsey is at Operations Manager, The Historical Association.

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Title:Kingship And Propaganda: Royal Eloquence And The Crown Of Aragon C.1200-1450Format:HardcoverDimensions:198 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:September 30, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199251851

ISBN - 13:9780199251858

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Table of Contents

1. The three images of the king2. The future king: literacy and royal education in rhetoric3. Royal speeches and authorship4. `Usurpant official sacerdotii': royal sermons5. Pedro IV and his sons: the apotheosis of royal preaching6. Mythologies of state7. `The word of the king is full of power': kingship and propaganda in peace and war8. The ceremonial of an occasion: royal speeches and the cortes

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`In short, this is an important study which sheds a vivid light on the political practices and ideas of the monarchy in late medieval Aragorn, and the means by which they sought to justify their policies to their subjects.'History