The Quest for an Appropriate Past in Literature, Art and Architecture

K.A. Ottenheym (Editor), Karl Enenkel (Editor)

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This volume explores the various strategies by which appropriate pasts were construed in scholarship, literature, art, and architecture in order to create “national”, regional, or local identities in late medieval and early modern Europe. Because authority was based on lineage, political and territorial claims were underpinned by historical arguments, either true or otherwise. Literature, scholarship, art, and architecture were pivotal media that were used to give evidence of the impressive old lineage of states, regions, or families. These claims were related not only to classical antiquity but also to other periods that were regarded as antiquities, such as the Middle Ages, especially the chivalric age. The authors of this volume analyse these intriguing early modern constructions of “antiquity” and investigate the ways in which they were applied in political, intellectual and artistic contexts in the period of 1400–1700.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages784
ISBN (Electronic)9789004378216
ISBN (Print)9789004377684
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameIntersections. Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture


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