HIST 1650 Myths of Monarchy in Europe, Medieval times to the present (HB) (HA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS) (HPE, HEU)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:20-12:10 with informal discussions
Professor Rachel Weil
Despite the presence of women and lunatics on the throne, monarchy was for centuries considered the best form of government. Even today we are fascinated by Diana, Will and Kate. Why? Using drama, visual arts, political treaties and court ritual we will examine how monarchy was legitimated, where power really lay, how gender and sexuality affected politics and how monarchy in modern times has intersected with popular culture and with modern ideologies like nationalism.