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Miriam Régerat-Kobitzsch
»Cette reine qui fait une si piètre figure«

Pariser Historische Studien, 115

Die französische Königin Maria von Medici (1575–1642) galt in der Nachwelt als vulgär, verschwenderisch, machtbesessen und intrigant, ja sogar als Gattenmörderin. Dies ist das Bild, das die männlich und national geprägte Geschichtsschreibung in Frankreich seit dem Ancien Régime von ihr vermittelt hat. Ihr kulturelles und politisches Wirken wurde hierbei zu einer unbedeutenden weiblichen und italienischen Klammer zwischen der Herrschaft Heinrichs IV. und dem Ministerium Richelieus reduziert. In den historischen Meistererzählungen des 19. Jahrhunderts diente die Schilderung vermeintlicher Verfehlungen Marias von Medici überdies als Beleg für den Siegeszug einer werdenden französischen Nation, die Widerstände immer erfolgreich überwunden hatte.

Dieses Buch untersucht erstmals eingehend die bewegte Rezeption der umstrittenen zweiten Medici-Regentin im 19. Jahrhundert in Frankreich und setzt diese mit dem Bild in Perspektive, das zeitgleich in anderen europäischen Ländern von ihr entwickelt wurde. Warum überdauerten die negativen Motive ihrer Rezeption den Einschnitt der Revolution von 1789? Welchen Platz nahm diese Figur im historischen Diskurs einer sich zunehmend bürgerlich, republikanisch und laizistisch definierenden französischen Nation ein? Die Studie bietet tiefe Einblicke in die Verquickung von Geschichtsschreibung, Gesellschaft und Politik in der europaweiten Krisen- und Umbruchszeit des Nationalismus.

Coming Autumn/Winter 2019/20

Margret Scharrer, Heiko Laß, Matthias Müller (Hrsg.)
Musiktheater im höfischen Raum des frühneuzeitlichen Europa

Höfische Kultur interdisziplinär, 1

The unification of the arts in the "Gesamtkunstwerk" of courtly opera has repeatedly been the subject of musicological research, but so far, for example, the specific spatial-architectural side of courtly opera has hardly been considered. Music theater means scenic performance and architecture alike. Both formed essential components of lordly representation in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the Old Kingdom, therefore, not only the aristocratic nobility arranged music-theatrical performances, but smaller courts also brought ballets and operas on stage. The interdisciplinary contributions of a conference of the Rudolstädter Arbeitskreis zur Residenzkultur deal with the topic in a European perspective and explain the diverse connections that existed between the music theater and the courtly space in the architectural, political-cultural and social sense.

Coming Autumn/Winter 2019/20

Michael Wolbring
Melchior Goldast und der ‚Codex Manesse’. Mit besonderer Berücksichtigung seiner ‚Hypomnemata in aulicorum Poetarum Carmina amatoria’

In the period around 1600, the Swiss humanist and lawyer Melchior Goldast von Haiminsfeld (1576/78–1635) focuses his scholarly work on the literature of the Middle Ages. His attention is particularly drawn to the most important medieval lyric manuscript in German, the Codex Manesse. Goldast makes extensive notes on the manuscript, quotes from it and edits parts of it, thus making it known to a wider public for the first time. Rather than an enthusiasm for the poetry of the Middle Ages, however, it is above all his interest in the politics of the day that motivates the Calvinist Goldast.

Coming in Autumn/Winter 2019/20

Rudolf G. Wagner, Catherine V. Yeh, Eugenio Menegon, Robert P. Weller (ed.)
Testing the Margins of Leisure. Case Studies on China, Japan, and Indonesia

Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, 6

This volume offers eight studies on different historical and present-day aspects of leisure in Asia. It critically engages with the predominant Eurocentric focus of leisure studies, bringing into the discussion a number of crucial issues such as the role of leisure as a transcultural contact zone. The volume engages with a field that has been rapidly growing due to the heightened role of leisure activities in defining a person’s identity, the fading of the work/leisure divide in the post-industrial age, and the increasing economic importance of leisure pursuits such as tourism. Bringing Asia into the discussion contributes in resetting the study of leisure into a truly global context.

Coming in Autumn/Winter 2019/20

Ute Günkel-Maschek
Minoische Bild-Räume. Neue Untersuchungen zu den Wandmalereien des spätbronzezeitlichen Palastes von Knossos

This volume presents a new analysis of the wall paintings discovered over a hundred years ago in one of the most important centres of Minoan culture, the palace at Knossos. Introducing the theoretical concept of Bild-Raum, a relational construct linking pictorial elements with humans, actions and places, the aim is to produce new insights as to the types of rituals, ideas and people which can be related with individual parts of the palace based on the decoration painted on the walls. The images and architecture of three key areas of the palace are studied in broad detail, improving our understanding of performances and people involved and their role within the complex history of the Late Bronze Age palace at Knossos.

Coming in Spring 2020

Christian Wenzel
»Ruine d'estat«
Sicherheit in den Debatten der französischen Religionskriege, 1557–1589

Pariser Historische Studien, 116

Security – a category that is as important as neglected when it comes to the French Wars of Religion in the 16th century. Christian Wenzel systematically traces imaginations of security as well as their function in the French Wars of Religion for the first time, with a close focus on the perspective of the historical actors. The present study vividly recounts a broad security debate which influenced the conflicts between 1557 and 1589 to a significant degree. Thereby, the study enables not only new perspectives on pivotal junctions and processes; by introducing “Historical Security Communication” as a heuristic approach, it also contributes to Historical Security Studies and casts a light on the complexity of early modern semantics of security.

Coming in Spring 2020