Dynastic history
(1,391 words)

1. Concept

Dynastic history, the dominant model of early modern historiography, developed from the end of the Middle Ages at almost all the major European courts. Its key subject was the particular ruling house, and its job was to trace back to their origins and lend historical legitimacy to as old and illustrious a “lineage” as possible, using genealogies or succession sequences of royal or princely incumbents [5]; [6]. The building blocks of dynastic histories were the universal and regional historiography of t…

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Studt, Birgit, “Dynastic history”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018501>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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