Charles Melville, Ph.D. (1978) in Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, is Professor of Persian History at Cambridge and Director of the Cambridge Shahnama Project. He has published extensively on the history and historiography of Mongol and Safavid Persia, including recently Epic of the Persian Kings: the art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, with Barbara Brend (London, 2010).
Lynette Mitchell, Ph.D. (1994) in Greek History at the University of Durham, is Associate Professor in Greek History and Politics at the University of Exeter. She has published widely on Greek history political thought in the archaic and classical periods, and is currently completing a monograph on kingship in archaic and classical Greece.
All those interested in the office of kingship in the ancient, medieval and early modern world, the history of Iran and medieval Europe, and the relations between Church and State.
Table of contents
Note on Contributors
List of Illustrations
“Every Inch a King”. Kings and Kingship from Antiquity to the Medieval World, Lynette Mitchell and Charles Melville
Defining the Divine in Achaemenid Persian Kingship: The View from Bisitun, Margaret Cool Root
Xenophon’s Cyropaedia: Fictive History, Political Analysis and Thinking with Iranian Kings, Christopher Tuplin
Alexander the Great: Divinity and the Rule of Law, Lynette Mitchell
Seleucus I, Zeus and Alexander, Kyle Erickson
Machiavelli and Xenophon’s Cyrus: Searching for the Modern Conceptions of Monarchy, Waller Newell
Ruling ‘Virtually’? Royal Images in Medieval English Law Books, Anthony Musson
The Anomalous King of Conquered England, Laura Ashe
Telling Tales of Adulterous Queens in Medieval England: From Olympias of Macedonia to Elizabeth Woodville, Joanna Laynesmith
Royalty Reflected in the Chronicles of Froissart, Peter Ainsworth
Breaking and Making Tradition: Æthelstan, ‘Abd-ar-Rahman III, and their Panegyrists, Shane Bobrycki
The King as Subject, Master and Model of Authority: The Case of Alfonso X of Castile, Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo
God and Caesar: The Dynamics of Visigothic Monarchy, Andrew Fear
‘On the Road Again’: Kings, Roads, and Accommodation in High Medieval Germany, John Bernhardt
Ruling from the Outside: A New Perspective on Early Turkish Kingship in Iran, David Durand-Guédy
The Royal Image in Mongol Iran, Charles Melville
Architecture and the Representations of Kingship During the Reign of the Safavid Shah ‘Abbas I, Kishwar Rizvi