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'Von Dem Am Konigl. Preubischen Hofe Abgeschafften Ceremoniel': Monarchical Representation And Court Ceremony In Frederick William I'S Prussia

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A central proposition at the early eighteenth century was that the baroque court allowed a monarch to portray Frederick himself as he wished foreigners and his subjects to perceive him. Typically a monarch used emblems, architecture, festivals, artwork, ceremonies and other means to represent his legitimacy, magnificence, power and glory. This article explores some of the implications and limits of such monarchical representation. The author's empirical focus is on the royal court and the self-representation of Frederick William I of Prussia. Frederick William was something 'orthodox' and something 'dissenting' at the same time. The King's court and his representations of himself and his rule are especially interesting exactly because he did not fit into the baroque court culture of the time or at least, he pushed that culture's limits to the breaking point.

Keywords: baroque court; Frederick William I; monarchical representation



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