Paper Bullets: Print and Kingship Under Charles II

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University Press of Kentucky, 1996 - History - 292 pages
The calculated use of media by those in power is a phenomenon dating back at least to the seventeenth century, as Harold Weber demonstrates in this illuminating study of the relation of print culture to kingship under England's Charles II. Seventeenth-century London witnessed an enormous expansion of the print trade, and with this expansion came a revolutionary change in the relation between political authority -- especially the monarchy -- and the printed word.Weber argues that Charles' reign was characterized by a particularly fluid relationship between print and power. The press helped brin.
 

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Contents

Restoration and Escape The Incognito King and Providential History
25
The Monarchs Sacred Body The Kings Evil and the Politics of Royal Healing
50
The Monarchs Profane Body His scepter and his prick are of a length
88
The feminine part of every rebellion The Public Royal Power and the Mysteries of Printing
131
The very Oracles of the Vulgar Stephen College and the Author on Trial
172
Conclusion
209
Notes
214
Bibliography
260
Index
284
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