The Transfigured Kingdom: Sacred Parody and Charismatic Authority at the Court of Peter the Great by Ernest A. ZitserThe Transfigured Kingdom: Sacred Parody and Charismatic Authority at the Court of Peter the Great by Ernest A. Zitser

The Transfigured Kingdom: Sacred Parody and Charismatic Authority at the Court of Peter the Great

byErnest A. Zitser

Hardcover | April 26, 2004

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In this richly comparative analysis of late Muscovite and early Imperial court culture, Ernest A. Zitser provides a corrective to the secular bias of the scholarly literature about the reforms of Peter the Great. Zitser demonstrates that the tsar's supposedly "secularizing" reforms rested on a fundamentally religious conception of his personal political mission. In particular, Zitser shows that the carnivalesque (and often obscene) activities of the so-called Most Comical All-Drunken Council served as a type of Baroque political sacrament—a monarchical rite of power that elevated the tsar's person above normal men, guaranteed his prerogative over church affairs, and bound the participants into a community of believers in his God-given authority ("charisma"). The author suggests that by implicating Peter's "royal priesthood" in taboo-breaking, libertine ceremonies, the organizers of such "sacred parodies" inducted select members of the Russian political elite into a new system of distinctions between nobility and baseness, sacrality and profanity, tradition and modernity.

Tracing the ways in which the tsar and his courtiers appropriated aspects of Muscovite and European traditions to suit their needs and aspirations, The Transfigured Kingdom offers one of the first discussions of the gendered nature of political power at the court of Russia's self-proclaimed "Father of the Fatherland" and reveals the role of symbolism, myth, and ritual in shaping political order in early modern Europe.

Ernest Zitser is Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies at Duke University.
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Title:The Transfigured Kingdom: Sacred Parody and Charismatic Authority at the Court of Peter the GreatFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.81 inPublished:April 26, 2004Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801441471

ISBN - 13:9780801441479

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"Zitser's study is based on a range of sources impressive for both its variety and breadth: hitherto unprocessed personal and state archives; dispatches and accounts of foreign diplomats; publications of official government papers; monographic studies in many languages; contemporary engravings and illustrations. All the forms of evidence, facts, and events are subjected to thorough-going analysis in order to reveal their communicative and symbolic content.... Zitser's book is extraordinarily interesting and results in original reflections about the reign of Peter I and his contemporary cultural world." - The New Review/Novyi Zhurnal