The military element in the representation of Savoy royalty

Journal title CHEIRON
Author/s Paola Bianchi
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2022/1-2 Language Italian
Pages 15 P. 35-49 File size 191 KB
DOI 10.3280/CHE2022-001003
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Each sovereign dynasty built its own image by exploiting some rhetori-cal elements. In the case of the Savoys, the military element was one of the most enduring tools of self-representation and international promotion. The army of the Savoy recruited in the territories of their domains, in reality, was never enough, nor did the Savoyard aristocracy uniformly and continuously manifest their vocation to arms. In fact, the Savoys always needed the mercenary market, which became one of the principal forms of ennoblement, but also an instrument of periodic recomposition of the ranks of the nobility. Such a rhetoric of power based on the "military" was strengthened in the nineteenth cen-tury, arriving at an authentic canon, destined to find fortune in the am-plification of a precise historiography for public use.

Keywords: Iconography, court historiography, Holy Roman Empire, ancient Italian states, historyof the House of Savoy.

Paola Bianchi, L’elemento militare nella rappresentazione della regalità sabauda. in "CHEIRON" 1-2/2022, pp 35-49, DOI: 10.3280/CHE2022-001003