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Death and the PrinceMemorial Preaching Before 1350$
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D. L. d'Avray

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203964

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203964.001.0001

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Death and the Prince


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This chapter discusses the ideas of the preachers about political virtue, another theme that bridges the gap between political history and the study of mentalities. It presents ideas about kingship in general, but also first about the way in which the personalities of particular kings were perceived and represented. The question of how individuality was perceived seems appropriate for memorial sermons above all when they are about historical individuals well known. Liturgical commemoration was by its nature oriented towards individuality — the naming of the dead person's name was crucial to it; accordingly Memoria can be regarded as a condition for the appearance of persons in works of art. Memorial sermons were intrinsically linked to liturgical Memoria, and it could be argued by analogy that to this extent they are also oriented towards individuality.

Keywords:   political virtue, kingship, individuality, liturgical commemoration, memorial sermons, Memoria

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