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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 Divine Right

Writing Divine Right

(p.11) Chapter 1 Writing Divine Right
Image Wars

Kevin Sharpe

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the revolution in the style and image of the Tudor dynasty. The Tudor monarchy had made the representation of its rule as vital as institutions, policies, and practices to the stability and success of regal government. From Henry VIII on, each of the Tudors sought, with varying success, to represent both their families and themselves not as mere feudal overlords but as the focus of the nation, and as the object and site of popular adoration as well as esteem. With a realm increasingly divided over religion, and critics and opponents as ready as themselves to deploy the new media of print and pamphlet to make a case, each ruler faced a contest for representation that became inseparable from the political struggles of the century.

Keywords:   Tudor monarchy, institutions, policies, nation

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