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The Politics of Enchantmant

Francis Oakley

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From despots to powerless figureheads, and from the Neolithic erato the present, this book traces the history of kingship around theworld and the tenacity of its connection with the sacred. * Considers the many forms that kingship took during this period,including: the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt; the emperors of Japan;the Maya rulers of Mesoamerica; the medieval popes and emperors;and the English and French monarchs of early modern Europe * Explores the panoply of governing roles that kingship involved- administrative, military, judicial, economic, religious andsymbolic - but focussing on its connection with thesacred. * Draws on the insights of cultural anthropology and comparativereligion, as well as the on the resources provided byhistorians.


Catholic Historical Review
"This is a wide-ranging, cross-cultural exploration and meditationon sacral kingship by one of the rare, intellectually adventurous,historians in the academy." Janet Coleman, London School ofEconomics and Political Science <!--end--> "In Oakley's hands, kingship turns out to be a tremendouslyinsightful vantage point to understand the human story. Hismagisterial sweep through the history of monarchical rule showsconclusively how difficult it is to separate the history ofpolitics from that of religion. Oakley's argument is supported byvivid examples drawn from an impressive range of times andcivilizations." Charles Taylor, McGill University "Original and lucid. This is an essential book ... it offers apersuasive reconsideration of the history of political philosophy,which bears on modern and recent as well as much older periods."Choice "Oakley's study is neither confined to the West, nor to anyperiod. It is not on kings, but on the very idea of kingship, anidea characterised by ubiquity, longevity and sacrality. [This]study is interesting and at times challenging." EuropeanConstitutional Law Review "A most useful and informative survey of thetheme...The juxtaposition of so much diverse material iscertainly thought-provoking and demands changes in historicalperspectives."
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