The Last Descendant of Aeneas: The Hapsburgs and the Mythic Image of the Emperor (Hardback)Marie Tanner (author)
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By examining a wide range of literary, artistic, and historical sources plus a corpus of new illustrations, Tanner discovers remarkable chains of evidence for this process, one that culminates with the Renaissance Hapsburgs who imbued the holiest symbols of the faith with dynastic meaning as they attempted to consolidate all priestly and secular powers in their grip. On these foundations Philip II of Spain, son of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the first monarch to rule the four known continents, created a new concept of absolute monarchy that shaped the principles of modern statecraft and determined the dominant form of government in Europe for the next two centuries.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 1116 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 28 mm