Via analysing the representations of French king’s oath、the royal ceremonies and the drama performance, this research inquires into the political、cultural and psychological impact of the French Kingship imagery. This proposal is a two-year study, using material culture, iconography, and the history of mentality to answer in two ways the core question: how was the Imagery of French Kingship visually constructed and represented in the 14th-16th centuries France? How people perceived and understood the French kingship？What impact did the royal imagery exert on the public sphere and private life? In the first sub-theme, ‘The construction and symbolism of the French kingship imagery’, I will focus on the visual French king’s oath、juramentum/sacramentum、ritual field as the research object, to explore the political culture vocabulary and the symbolic system of the French kingship imagery. The second sub-theme, ‘The interpretation and practice of the French kingship imagery’, aims to elucidate the nature of the kingship imagery in the political-cultural aspect. Via the visual oath ceremonies、ritual and drama performance, it aims to explore how the concept of the French kingship made known to the people, and how people perceived and understood the connotation of the kingship. Therefore, the two sub-themes represent an interdisciplinary approach in line with the emphasis on synthesizing the functional and structural analysis of the Annales School, and an investigation of this issue ?Reality or Imagination：The Visual Interpretation of French Kingship in the 14th-16th Centuries”as a total, interrelated, and organic structure.
|Effective start/end date||2018/08/01 → 2021/07/31|
- oath ceremony
- political culture
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