Premodern Rulership and Contemporary Political Power

The King's Body Never Dies

Edited by Karolina Mroziewicz and Aleksander Sroczynski

Premodern Rulership and Contemporary Political Power

Edited by Karolina Mroziewicz and Aleksander Sroczynski

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

448 pages | 5 color plates, 4 halftones, 1 line drawing | 6 x 9
Cloth $124.00 ISBN: 9789462983311 Published December 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In the medieval period, the monarch was seen as the embodiment of the community of his kingdom, the body politic. And while we've long since shed that view, it nonetheless continues to influence our understanding of contemporary politics. This book offers thirteen case studies from premodern and contemporary Europe that demonstrate the process through which political corporations—bodies politic—were and continue to be constructed and challenged. Drawing on  history, archaeology, literary criticism, and art history, the contributors survey a wide geographical and chronological spectrum to offer a panoramic view of these dynamic political entities.
 
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