- 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.445) Chapter 14 Staging Republic
- Image Wars
- 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.
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