Genealogy and the Politics of Representation in the High and Late Middle Ages (Hardback)
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Genealogy and the Politics of Representation in the High and Late Middle Ages (Hardback)

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Hardback 406 Pages / Published: 17/01/2019
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Images and image cycles with genealogical content were everywhere in the high and later Middle Ages. They represent families related by blood as well as successive office holders and appear as family trees and lineages of single figures in manuscripts, on walls and in stained glass, and in sculpture and metalwork. Yet art historians have hardly remarked on the frequency of these images. Considering the physical contexts and functions of these works alongside the goals of their patrons, this volume examines groups of figural genealogies ranging across northern Europe and dating from the mid-twelfth to the mid-fourteenth century. Joan A. Holladay considers how they were used to legitimize rulers and support their political and territorial goals, to reinforce archbishops' rights to crown kings, to cement relationships between families of founders and their monastic foundations, and to commemorate the dead. The flexibility and legibility of this genre was key to its widespread use.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108470186
Number of pages: 406
Weight: 1040 g
Dimensions: 261 x 186 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The thesis of this work is that political positioning of medieval patrons, using both real and imagined lineages, was widespread ... Recommended.' K. E. Staab, Choice
'The thesis of this work is that political positioning of medieval patrons, using both real and imagined lineages, was widespread ... Recommended.' K. E. Staab, Choice

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