Simon Huemer

Die europäische Wahrnehmung des Königreichs Dänemark nach der Einführung der Lex Regia

Die Rezeption von und Debatte über Robert Molesworths Account of Denmark als Diskurs über die absolute Monarchie anhand seiner Deutung der danske Enevælde von 1694 bis ca. 1770.

With the danske Enevælde, the introduction of the Lex Regia in 1660/1665 created a political phenomenon in Denmark that was unique for the early modern period. The establishment of a hereditary monarchy and the constitutional codification of the monarch’s potestas absoluta represented a radical change and challenged interpretation. The Account of Denmark by the English envoy Robert Molesworth initiated a debate on the interpretation of the danske Enevælde in a European public sphere that concerned the very essence of the European monarchy. This debate was conducted by authors from Western, Central and Northern Europe from the end of the 17th century until the second half of the 18th century.
The present study takes an argumentative-historical approach to the interpretations of the danske Enevælde in the light of the different political norms and ideas of rule. The systematic analysis of the discussion and reception of the interpretation of the danske Enevælde in the Account of Denmark opens up access to political communication and culture of the early modern period in a European framework. The extreme example of the danske Enevælde reveals certain basic constants of a European monarchy discourse.


617 pages, 148 x 210 mm, softcover, thread-stitched, Date of Publication: 2022

Language: Deutsch
ISBN: 978-3-943025-62-0
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political communication / political culture / early modern period / Europe / political norms / political concepts / legitimation of rule / justification narrative / history of argumentation / Cambridge School / new history of ideas / monarchy discourse / republic discourse / absolutism / neo-roman theory of civil liberty / linguistic turn / political guiding ideas / danske Enevælde / Robert Molesworth / Danish Kingdom / Denmark / common good / liberalism / parliamentarism / raison d'état / England / Montesquieu / political history / state and statehood / Danish national history

Krüger, Joachim: Rezension, in: Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Schleswig-Holsteinische Geschichte, Bd. 149, 2024, S. 323-325.

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Simon Huemer (born 1986) studied German and History at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel. After his teacher training, he took up doctoral studies at the Lehrstuhl für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte (Medieval and Modern History) at CAU Kiel and worked there as a research assistant. His research focuses on political communication in the early modern period, with a particular focus on the perception and interpretation of monarchical rule.


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