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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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Staging Republic

Staging Republic

(p.445) Chapter 14 Staging Republic
Image Wars

Kevin Sharpe

Yale University Press

This chapter elaborates on the different aspects of staging of the republic in England. Throughout the early modern period, public spectacles had presented and represented to the people new rulers, their spouses, and their offspring. The Commonwealth devised a number of set-piece spectacles, including banquets, state funerals, and the public celebration of Cromwell's victories, along with regular military parades or military reviews, to stage and dignify the new regime. For the first two years of its life, the English Commonwealth was not recognized by any foreign powers sending an ambassador to establish diplomatic relations. By the time the first envoy was sent, both the occasion and the experience the government had gained in representing itself ensured a fittingly ceremonious reception.

Keywords:   republic, funerals, banquet, victory, diplomacy

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