ABSTRACT

In the broad canvas of the history of monarchy, there is one constant: royal dynasties rise to power, they weaken and fall, and others replace them. Dynastic change must be legitimised to secure the new regime, but historically this has been done through a variety of means. This volume brings together scholars from across Europe and beyond to examine the strategies for change and legitimacy in monarchies in the medieval and early modern eras. Particular themes include the roles played by royal women in strengthening dynastic rule, the uses of the arts for representational and propaganda purposes, and the place of religion or popular will in determining the outcomes of dynastic change. Through a broadly comparative approach, this volume allows us to examine the mechanisms employed as well as both theoretical and practical approaches to monarchical legitimisation from a variety of perspectives.