Monarchy and Religion: The Transformation of Royal Culture in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Michael SchaichMonarchy and Religion: The Transformation of Royal Culture in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Michael Schaich

Monarchy and Religion: The Transformation of Royal Culture in Eighteenth-Century Europe

EditorMichael Schaich

Hardcover | March 15, 2007

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This collection of essays is a pioneering survey of the spiritual dimensions of kingship in eighteenth-century Europe. It investigates the role of clergymen in the mechanics of the court, the religious observances of monarchs and their entourages, and the importance of religious images andceremonial in underpinning royal power. The volume compares the British, French, Russian, and some of the German monarchies in order to allow comparisons to be drawn between different national and especially confessional settings. Based on original research and new source material, the fifteenessays by established scholars chart mostly unknown territory. Previous research on the subject has focused on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries at the expense of the age of Enlightenment which has widely been regarded as a period of desacralization of monarchy. The essays open up newperspectives on the function of court clerics, conspicuous and internalized forms of aulic devotion, the gendered framing of religion, the purpose of court ritual, and the divide between the public and private spheres of monarchy. Overall the essays maintain that despite the gradual decline ofmonarchy by divine right, religion still permeated almost all aspects of court life and monarchical representation. The volume thus challenges received wisdom about the disenchantment of kingship and the rise of more rationalized forms of absolutist government during the period between c.1688 and1789.
Michael Schaich is a Research Fellow in Early Modern History, German Historical Institute London.
Title:Monarchy and Religion: The Transformation of Royal Culture in Eighteenth-Century EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:509 pages, 8.46 × 5.43 × 1.38 inPublished:March 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214727

ISBN - 13:9780199214723


Table of Contents

List of Tables1. Michael Schaich: Introduction2. J. C. D. Clark: The Re-Enchantment of the World? Religion and Monarchy in Eighteenth-Century EuropePart I. Religion at Court: Personnel3. Derek Beales: Clergy at the Austrian Court in the Eighteenth Century4. Paul Bushkovitch: The Clergy at the Russian Court, 1689-17965. Stephen Taylor: The Clergy at the Courts of George I and George II6. Nicole Reinhardt: The King's Confessor: Changing Images7. Edward Gregg: The Exiled Stuarts: Martyrs for the Faith?Part II. Religion at Court: Everyday Ceremonial8. Simon Dixon: Religious Ritual at the Eighteenth-Century Russian Court9. Gerard Sabatier: Religious Rituals and the Kings of France in the Eighteenth Century10. Ferdinand Kramer: Piety at Court: The Wittelsbach Electors in Eighteenth-Century Bavaria11. Clarissa Campbell Orr: The Late Hanoverian Court and the Christian EnlightenmentPart III. State Occasions12. Chantal Grell: The sacre of Louis XVI: the End of a Myth13. Mark Hengerer: The Funerals of the Habsburg Emperors in the Eighteenth Century14. Lindsey Hughes: The Funerals of the Russian Emperors and Empresses15. Michael Schaich: The Funerals of the British Monarchy16. Eckart Hellmuth: The Funerals of the Prussian Kings in the Eighteenth CenturyNotes on ContributorsIndex