Traditional notions of sacred kingship grew to become either extra grandiose and extra not easy in the course of England's turbulent 16th and 17th centuries. The reformation introduced through Henry VIII and his claims for royal supremacy and divine correct rule resulted in the suppression of the Mass, because the host and crucifix have been overshadowed via royal iconography and pageantry. those adjustments all started a non secular controversy in England that might bring about civil battle, regicide, recovery, and eventually revolution.
Richard McCoy exhibits that, amid those occasionally cataclysmic adjustments of kingdom, writers like John Skelton, Shakespeare, John Milton, and Andrew Marvell grappled with the belief of kingship and its symbolic and important energy. Their creative representations of the crown demonstrate the eagerness and ambivalence with which the English considered their royal leaders. whereas those writers differed at the primary questions of the day—Skelton used to be a staunch defender of the English monarchy and standard faith, Milton used to be an intensive opponent of either, and Shakespeare and Marvell have been extra equivocal—they shared an abiding fascination with the royal presence or, occasionally extra tellingly, the royal absence.
Ranging from regicides genuine and imagined—with the very genuine specter of the slain King Charles I haunting the rustic like a revenant of the king's ghost in Shakespeare's Hamlet—from the royal sepulcher at Westminster Abbey to Peter Paul Reubens's Apotheosis of King James at Whitehall, and from the Elizabethan compromise to the wonderful Revolution, McCoy plumbs the depths of English attitudes towards the king, the country, and the very thought of holiness. He finds how older notions of sacred kingship extended in the course of the political and non secular crises that remodeled the English country, and is helping us comprehend why the conflicting feelings engendered via this growth have confirmed so persistent.
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