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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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Representations and Reality

Representations and Reality

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This chapter develops the same argument about complementarity with reference to the relation between representations and political reality, and that of the image of kingship presented by memorial sermons. Representation is the function of the texts from Scripture scattered through the sermons. This theme merges into the ‘reception’ aspect of representation. The selection of topics circumscribed by the limits of a sermon is itself a sort of representation; it signified a balance of emphasis and a relation between the attention given to ‘this-worldly’ and to ‘other-worldly’ topics that conveys a message about the relation between secularity and eschatology in the sense of the individual's death, judgment, and afterlife. The sermons distilled, concentrated, and presented to their society a set of attitudes to politics and the afterlife that were already diffused in political life itself. In a sense they represent political society, or an aspect of it, to itself.

Keywords:   representations, political reality, kingship, sermons, reception, death, judgment, afterlife, politics

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