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Medien der Herrschaftskonstitution und -repräsentation und ihre Funktionen beim Aufbau des frühneuzeitlichen Fürstenstaates in Gotha

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This paper focuses on selected media that were specifically used, in the early years of the reign of Ernest the Pious, for communication and interaction between the duke and the court, or between the local elite and the common people, as well as in the self-presentation of the court to the outside world. Firstly, official edicts are discussed, as an influential means of communication by the court and the [functional] elite, for the simultaneous enforcement and enactment of sovereignty; secondly the precisely calculated architectural program of Friedenstein castle is examined, as this relates different media to one another. The paper ends with a short overview of occasional poetry, which is directed at the court (and often written on its behalf), and not only strengthens, but also legitimizes and often even conceptualizes power. It is emphasized that in the case of courtly communication one should not only consider individual media, but also their development and function in context with other media, and therefore as media networks.


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