The King's Body Sacred Rituals of Power in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
- List Price: $67.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
- Publish date: 11/01/2001
Bertelli explores the multiple meanings of the rites related to the king's body, from his birth (with the exhibition of his masculinity) to the crowning (a rebirth) to his death (a triumph and an apotheosis). We see how particular occasions such as entrances, processions, and banquets make sense only as they related directly to the king's body. Bertelli also singles out crowd-participatory aspects of sacred kingship, including the rites of violence connected with the interregnum (perceived as a suspension of the law) and the rites of expulsion for a tyrant's body, emphasizing the inversion of crowning rituals.
First published in Italy in 1990, The King's Body has been revised and updated for English-speaking readers and expertly translated from the Italian by R. Burr Litchfield. Deftly argued and amply illustrated, this book is perfect introduction to the cult of kingship in the West; at the same time, it illuminates for modern readers how strangely different the medieval and early modern world was from our own.
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4to-over 9Â¾"-12" tall. Hardcover in dust jacket., no flaws-clean, no writing
4to-over 9Â¾"-12" tall. Hardcover in dust jacket., no flaws-clean, no writing or text markings, tight binding.; translated from italian original by r. burr litchfield.; xviii-302pp., 90 b/w illustrations. revised and updated from the 1990 italian edition. a sort of cultural anthropology and history of the various rituals pertaining to the kings of europe from the medieval period through the 17th century.