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Image WarsKings and Commonwealths in England, 1603-1660$
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Kevin Sharpe

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162004

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162004.001.0001

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Writing Republic

Writing Republic

(p.391) Chapter 12 Writing Republic
Image Wars

Kevin Sharpe

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the representation of the new Commonwealth and republic after Charles I. The Eikon Basilike was synonymous with the birth of the republic and set the agenda for constructing images of authority even before the new regime had found its own voice. The first thing notable about it is that it embraced all three principal modes of representation, which includes words, images, and performances. The title, The Royal Image, directs attention to visual representation. The Eikon Basilike is by no means free of overt polemic; that is, of the justification of the king's own courses and the condemnation of his enemies. Throughout the text, Charles explains and justifies controversial actions, such as his attempted arrest of the five MPs in December 1641 and his acceptance of the aid of Catholics.

Keywords:   Charles I, republic, Commonwealth, images of authority

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