The Emergence of Political Realism

in Authoring the Past

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226032320
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226032344 | DOI:
The Emergence of Political Realism

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This chapter reports a more proper historical study of the relation between history and politics. King Peter's Llibre disrupted the trend of blurring boundaries between models of fiction and history in Catalan historiography and literature until the fourteenth century. It offered a great deal of valuable documentation drawn from the records of the royal chanceller. Moreover, Peter the Ceremonious engaged all manner of symbols to consolidate his power. He won for himself the nickname of “Ceremonious,” a reputation that has surpassed his reputation for cruelty in Catalan tradition. Peter's refusal to be crowned by the archbishop, and his insistence on doing it himself, recalled the traditions of other Iberian kingdoms. Seventeen years after his coronation, Peter issued a new Ordo for the ritual, in which the extraordinary self-coronation was elevated to the status of ordinary practice.

Keywords: history and politics; King Peter; Llibre; Catalan historiography; Ceremonious; Ordo

Chapter.  7336 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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