CFP: Remembering Rulers: Reputation, Reinterpretation, and Reincarnation (2/15/17)

by Jessica C. Murphy

From Valerie Schutte and Estelle Paranque:

“We are seeking essay proposals for an edited volume focused on memory and the creation of posthumous reputations of medieval and early modern rulers. The collection will be submitted to Palgrave Macmillan to be part of both the Handbook series and the Queenship and Power series (edited by Charles Beem and Carole Levin), with planned publication for 2019. As this collection will be part of the Handbook series, we aim to solicit several contributors and cover medieval and early modern rulers from anywhere in the world, from kings and queens to lesser royals and dynasties who ruled principalities and regents who ruled in the name of others.

We are interested in essays that will reveal how rulers were remembered after their deaths in any kind of sources, such as chronicles, correspondence, diaries, mémoires, ballads, poems, songs but there is no limitation. We also aim to have a particular section on popular culture and we are interested in how medieval and early modern dynasties and monarchs are portrayed in films and popular tv shows and how it has affected our visions of these rulers. At times, these works played an important role in reincarnating a historical character.

This volume seeks proposals from scholars at any state of their career. We are especially interested in essays focused on the memory of rulers after they ruled, how posthumous reputations were formed, how a ruler or dynasty was represented by successor rulers, and popular culture depictions of rulers, but essays on any aspect of remembering rulership and memory are welcome. If you have any question please get in touch and let’s discuss your idea.

Chapter proposals should be 250-300 words, accompanied by a brief biography (100 words), for essays of 6,000 to 8,000 words including notes and bibliography. Please email proposals and bios to both and before 15 February 2017. Accepted authors will be notified in March 2017, and complete essays will be due by 15 January 2018.”