By Frances Amelia Yates
This e-book examines the pictures and symbolism of ecu monarchy within the sixteenth century. The accession of Charles V, along with his massive dominions in either the previous and new worlds, was once the party for a renewal of the parable of Empire within the West. The subject used to be echoed within the pageants and ballets of the declining Valois dynasty in France and, particularly, within the glorification of Elizabeth I. This e-book makes an attempt to light up reader's knowing of the Renaissance monarchies as they struggled with the darkish undertow of reformation and counter-reformation.
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It was not the Romanized and re-Italianized empire longed for by the humanists that Charles’s career seemed to be renovating, but the medieval idea o f empire, based on the northern holder o f the tide. A t last the armies o f the H oly Roman Emperor, whose advent Dante, the Ghibelline dreamer, had sighed for, came down from the North to Rome - and sacked it! Bantesque ideas were consciously entertained in Charles’s entourage. 1 The 1 O n Gattinara’s sources, see C arlo Bornate in Miscellanea di storia italiana, 3rd series, X V II, Turin, 1915, pp.
P. 9. 5 See C . Burdach, Rienzo und die geistige Wandlung seiner Zzit (in Vom Mitteldter zur Refermotion, U, i), Berlin, 1913; P. Piur, Cola di Rienzo, Vienna, 1913; I. O rigo, Tribune of Rome, London, 1938. 14 CHAELBS ▼ AND THB IDBA OF THB BMFIEB The rights o f the Roman people to confer authority on the emperor had not infrequently been urged on medieval emperors. Under the influence o f Arnold o f Brescia, the Roman senate wrote a letter to the first Hohenstaufen emperor, Conrad m , claiming the right to nominate him and demanding that he should dwell in Rome.
It is the theme o f tins book, or one o f its themes, that some study of the history o f the imperial idea in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, such as has been briefly attempted in this introductory essay, is a necessary preliminary t