- Title Pages
- Preface and Acknowledgements
- Chapter 1 Writing Divine Right
- Chapter 2 Figuring Stuart Dynasty
- Chapter 3 Staging Stuart Dynasty
- Chapter 4 Contesting the King
- Prologue: A Failure Image?
- Chapter 5 The Words and Silences of a King
- Chapter 6 Depicting Virtue and Majesty
- Chapter 7 Performing Sacred Kingship
- Chapter 8 Demystifying Majesty
- Prologue: The Civil War and the Contest for Represntation
- Chapter 9 Wars of Words and Paper Bullets
- Chapter 10 Visual Conflicts and Wars of Signs
- Chapter 11 Rival Rituals and Performances
- Prologue: Representing Republic
- Chapter 12 Writing Republic
- Chapter 13 A Republican Brand?
- Chapter 14 Staging Republic
- Chapter 15 Subverting the Commonwealth
- Prologue: ‘Bring Crownes and Scepters’
- Chapter 16 Proclaiming Protectorate
- Chapter 17 Painting Protectoral Power
- Chapter 18 Protectoral Performances
- Chapter 19 Contesting and Commemorating Cromwell
- (p.391) Chapter 12 Writing Republic
- Image Wars
- 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.
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