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Rituals of Royalty Power and Ceremonial in Traditional Societies

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ISBN-10: 0521428912

ISBN-13: 9780521428910

Edition: 1992

Authors: David Cannadine, Simon Price, Lyndal Roper

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Heads of state today mark their rites of passage with splendid ceremonial, from Reagans inaugural to Andropovs 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.
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Book details

List price: $64.99
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/23/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 5.47" wide x 8.54" long x 1.02" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

CRIS BEAM is a journalist who has written for several national magazines as well as for public radio. She has an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia and the New School. She lives in New York.Lyndal Roper is professor of history at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Balliol College.

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Notes on contributors
Introduction: divine rites of kings
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 Lord's anointed and the people's choice: Carolingian royal ritual
Bureaucrats and cosmology: the ritual code of T'ang China
Gifts to the gods: power, property and ceremonial in Nepal
The ritual of the royal bath in Madagascar: the dissolution of death, birth and fertility into authority
The person of the king: ritual and power in a Ghanaian state