In his masterpiece on medieval politics, The King’s Two Bodies, Kantorowicz (1957) examines the vexing relationship between individual mortality and institutional continuity. The king embodied the state, but was also embodied himself and destined to the same fate as any commoner: death. To rectify this disjuncture, the king came to occupy a symbolic presence advancing beyond his bodily presence. Chants of ‘The king is dead! Long live the king!’ sum up this duality. Individuals — even important ones — die, but institutions endure.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies|
|Number of pages||16|
|State||Published - 2014|
|Name||Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies|
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© 2014, Matt Carlson and Daniel A. Berkowitz.
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