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