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Rituals of royalty : power and ceremonial in traditional societies

Author: David Cannadine; S R F Price
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Series: Past and Present Publications.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Heads of states mark their rites of passage with splendid ceremonial. The essays in this book n all specially written for it n address the central problem in the understanding of royal rituals,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Cannadine; S R F Price
ISBN: 0521335132 hardback 9780521335133 hardback 0521428912 paperback 9780521428910 paperback
OCLC Number: 749832573
Description: x, [2], 351 s. : il., mapa, pl. ; 22 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations; Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction: divine rites of kings David Cannadine; 1. Usurpation, conquest and ceremonial: from Babylon to Persia Amelie Kuhrt; 2. From noble funerals to divine cult: the consecration of Roman emperors Simon Price; 3. The construction of court ritual: the Byzantine Book of Ceremonies Averil Cameron; 4. The Lord's anointed and the people's choice: Carolingian royal ritual Janet L. Nelson; 5. Bureaucrats and cosmology: the ritual code of T'ang China David McMullen; 6. Gifts to the gods: power, property and ceremonial in Nepal Richard Burghart; 7. The ritual of the royal bath in Madagascar: the dissolution of death, birth and fertility into authority Maurice Bloch; 8. The person of the king: ritual and power in a Ghanaian state Michelle Gilbert; Index.
Series Title: Past and Present Publications.
Responsibility: ed. by David Cannadine and Simon Price.

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'This book well represents some of the richness of recent work on ritual, ceremonial, pomp, or whatever other term one chooses to use ... How power works is one of the oldest philosophical issues ... Read more...

 
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