Death and the Crown: Ritual and Politics in France Before the Revolution - Studies in Modern French and Francophone History (Hardback)
  • Death and the Crown: Ritual and Politics in France Before the Revolution - Studies in Modern French and Francophone History (Hardback)
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Death and the Crown: Ritual and Politics in France Before the Revolution - Studies in Modern French and Francophone History (Hardback)

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Hardback 312 Pages / Published: 24/12/2019
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Looking at royal ritual in pre-revolutionary France, Death and the crown examines the deathbed and funeral of Louis XV in 1774, the lit de justice of November 1774 and the coronation of Louis XVI, including the ceremony of the royal healing touch for scrofula. It reviews the state of the field in ritual studies and appraises the situation of the monarchy in the 1770s, including the recall of the parlements and the many ways people engaged with royal ritual. It answers questions such as whether Louis XV died in fear of damnation, why Marie Antoinette was not crowned in 1775 and why Louis XVI's coronation was not held in Paris. This lively, accessible text is a useful tool for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching which will also be of interest to specialists on this under-researched period.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526143303
Number of pages: 312
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This is a brilliant addition to the historiography of ceremony, ancien regime politics and the court that will particularly interest scholars of politics, ceremony and ritual, and the French monarchy.'
Lynette White, Royal Studies Journal

'This is one of the most important books to be published on the twilight of the ancien regime in several decades. In this meticulously researched and splendidly written study Anne Byrne presents us with the most scholarly account to date of the turbulent accession to the throne of Louis XVI in 1774. It will be invaluable and essential reading for scholars and students of eighteenth-century France alike.'
Ambrogio Caiani, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Kent

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