Rituals of Royalty: Power and Ceremonial in Traditional Societies
David Cannadine, Simon Price
Cambridge University Press, Apr 23, 1992 - History - 351 pages
Heads of state today mark their rites of passage with splendid ceremonial, from Reagan's inaugural to Andropov's funeral. Such spectacles continue to be a prominent part of modern political systems, of varied ideological hue, but their precise meaning and importance often remain unclear. The essays in this book - all specially written for it - address the central problem in the understanding of royal rituals, namely the relation between power and anthropologists, and the traditional societies examined range from ancient Babylon to nineteenth-century Madagascar, from medieval Europe to contemporary Ghana.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Usurpation conquest and ceremonial from Babylon to Persia
From noble funerals to divine cult the consecration of Roman Emperors
The construction of court ritual the Byzantine Book of Ceremonies
The Lords anointed and the peoples choice Carolingian royal ritual
Bureaucrats and cosmology the ritual code of Tang China
Other editions - View all
ancestors anointing appear aspects Assyria Augustus authority Babylon bath belief blessing body Book Brahman Byzantine called Carolingian carried celebrated century ceremonial Charles chief Christian church complete concerned Confucian Constantine context continued court CTS ch cult death deities discussion divine dynasty early emperor empire evidence example fact festival followed Frankish Franks function funeral gifts given gods hand History human imperial important included involved Italy king king's kingdom kingship land late later lines living London means Nepal offered official palace performed period Persian person Pertinax political position present priest procession programme realm received reference reign relation religious represented rites ritual role Roman Rome royal royal ritual rule ruler scholars senate social society sources status stool structure Studies subjects succession symbolic T'ang temple took traditional whole