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This book examines the images and symbolism of European monarchy in the 16th century. The accession of Charles V, with his vast dominions in both the old and new worlds, was the occasion for a renewal of the myth of Empire in the West. The theme was echoed in the pageants and ballets of the declining Valois dynasty in France and, in particular, in the glorification of ElizThis book examines the images and symbolism of European monarchy in the 16th century. The accession of Charles V, with his vast dominions in both the old and new worlds, was the occasion for a renewal of the myth of Empire in the West. The theme was echoed in the pageants and ballets of the declining Valois dynasty in France and, in particular, in the glorification of Elizabeth I. This book attempts to illuminate reader's understanding of the Renaissance monarchies as they struggled with the dark undertow of reformation and counter-reformation....

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ISBN : 9780712698948
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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  • Sherwood Smith
    2019-02-06 08:09

    Frances Yates was responsible for shaping my understanding of the sixteenth century paradigm in Europe, though the focus is primarily Elizabeth Tudor's "campaign" to strengthen her monarchy with symbolism. It worked because the symbols had meaning to her court, her country, and her fellow Western Europeans.It's always worthwhile to come back to this book, from which I learn new things on every read, as I fit together her observations with other reading done in the meantime.Basically it's about court symbolism expressing the lingering phantom of 'empire' as understood in the Roman Empire. Charles V's remarkable reign unexpectedly gave the idea not only new life, but a new direction, which subsequent monarchs in both England and France tried to evoke as they struggled for peace and order.It's also great for furnishing details of courtly entertainments in the form of processions, etc.