New PDF release: Clio and the Crown

By Richard L. Kagan

Monarchs in the course of the a long time have commissioned reliable histories that solid their reigns in a good mild for destiny generations. those money owed, sanctioned and supported via the ruling executive, usually gloss over the extra arguable elements of a king's or queen's time at the throne. in its place, they current hugely selective and optimistic readings of a monarch's contribution to nationwide identification and worldwide affairs. In Clio and the Crown, Richard L. Kagan examines the reputable histories of Spanish monarchs from medieval occasions to the center of the 18th century. He expertly courses readers in the course of the other kinds of professional histories commissioned: these whose basic concentration was once the monarch; those who based at the Spanish country as a complete; and people who celebrated Spain's conquest of the recent global. In doing so, Kagan additionally records the lifestyles and paintings of person court docket chroniclers, examines alterations within the perform of reputable background, and highlights the political machinations that stimulated the redaction of such histories. simply as global leaders this present day depend on fast-talking press officials to give an explanation for their occasionally questionable activities to the general public, so too did the kings and queens of medieval and early glossy Spain. Monarchs usually went to nice lengths to exert whole keep watch over over the professional background in their reign, bodily intimidating historians, destroying and seizing manuscripts and books, rewriting earlier histories, and limiting background writing to licensed individuals. nonetheless, the bigger perform of historical past writing as performed by way of nonroyalist historians, a variety of students and writers, or even church historians supplied a corrective to reputable histories. Kagan concludes that regardless of its blemishes, the writing of authentic histories contributed, although imperfectly, to the perform of historiography itself.

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