Sunspots and the Sun King
Sovereignty and Mediation in Seventeenth-century France
By (author) Ellen McClure
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Sunspots and the Sun King by Ellen McClure
Book DescriptionIn order to assert his divine right, Louis XIV missed no opportunity to identify himself as God's representative on earth. However, in "Sunspots and the Sun King", Ellen McClure explores the contradictions inherent in attempting to reconcile the logical and mystical aspects of divine right monarchy. McClure analyzes texts devoted to definitions of sovereignty, presents a meticulous reading of Louis XIV's memoirs to the crown prince, and offers a novel analysis of diplomats and ambassadors as the mediators who preserved and transmitted the king's authority. McClure asserts that these discussions, ranging from treatises to theater, expose incommensurable models of authority and representation permeating almost every aspect of seventeenth-century French culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252030567
(235mm x 164mm x 28mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Ellen McClure
Ellen McClure is an associate professor of French at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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