French History

Cultivated Power: Flowers, Culture and Politics in the Reign of Louis IV

Author: 
Elizabeth Hyde
Publisher: 
University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
0–812–23826–5

cloth, 330 p., $49.95

Often overlooked in importance during the early modern period in France, historian Elizabeth Hyde explores the evolving role of flowers — not from the customary scientific and economic perspectives — but from their social and cultural context. Used symbolically, flowers were a powerful political means of constructing the King’s image, and this is her major theme.

Volume: 
7
Number: 
2
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