By Frances Amelia Yates

This booklet examines the photographs and symbolism of eu monarchy within the sixteenth century. The accession of Charles V, together with his mammoth dominions in either the previous and new worlds, was once the social gathering for a renewal of the parable of Empire within the West. The subject was once echoed within the pageants and ballets of the declining Valois dynasty in France and, specifically, within the glorification of Elizabeth I. This e-book makes an attempt to light up reader's realizing of the Renaissance monarchies as they struggled with the darkish undertow of reformation and counter-reformation.

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Yes, but for Dante the H oly Roman Emperor was the true successor o f Caesar and Augustus; he did notjneed re-Romanizing for, though he might be a German b y birth, by virtue o f his office he was a Roman, in true line o f descent from the emperors o f andent Rome. 9pp. 324-5* * JW&. pp. 328 ff. 15 CHARLES V A N D THE ID E A OF THE BMPIRB view which he took o f the medieval empire as a semi-barbarian institution, and to his doubtful attitude to the theory o f the translation o f the Empire, The Emperor failed Petrarch, no less than did the Roman citizens.

1 Charles never did take the step, urged on him by some o f his advisers, o f summoning a council o f the church to carry through a reform movement and end the schism. Y et he was known to be interested in projects, such as those put forward by Melanchthon, for exploring ways and means o f reconciling Catholics and Protestants. His very serious and painstaking approach to such problems certainly associated the imperial title with vague hopes for a general reunion o f Christendom, a restoration o f the universitas Christiana, an imperial pax in the theological sphere.

It is even now returning as he writes; now comes back the virgin, now returns the rdgn o f Saturn:12 3 lam redit et virgo, redeunt Satumia regna. Those are words which have never been forgotten in the history o f the West. A child is about to be bom, continues the poet-vates, ‘beneath whom the iron brood shall first begin to fail and the golden age to arise in all the world’. This child is destined to rule a reconciled world and during his life-time the four ages will run back to the golden age.

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