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Lecture: Royal Absolutism--Theories and Representations 1

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Department
History
Course
HIST 390
Professor
Margaret Carlyle
Semester
Winter

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Lecture: Royal Absolutism--Theories and Representations 1 January 24, 2013 Intro to "absolutism" • the problem of absolutism ◦ term isn't used tip 19thC, though "Absolute power" is • key notions • absolute monarchy vs. parliamentary/constitutional monarchy ◦ monarch held back by rules and regulations in const. monarchy ◦ absolute: king not subject to any kind of parliamentary or state body • Louis XIV "L'état, c'est moi!" • Crown gains power over nobility • state- building Absolutism in theory/practice • sacred kings • rituals of kingship, the "royal touch" • March Bloch, Les Rois Thaumaturges (1924) • king treated as a priest-like figure ◦ took both kinds of communion, just like priests • i.e. Charles II, Loui
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