Making Majesty

The Throne Room at Dublin Castle, A Cultural History

Edited by: William Derham, Myles Campbell

Contributions by: HRH The Prince of Wales

The Throne Room in Dublin Castle was the ultimate focus of vice-regal ceremony, royal visits and many great state occasions, both before and after Irish independence in 1922. It has been a touchstone of British occupation and Irish autonomy that can be analyzed through the details of its form and furnishing. Making Majesty is an elegant collection of essays, by leading Irish art and architectural historians, that cover a broad range of perspectives in refining our understanding of this tremendously lavish space, shedding new light on the major and minor figures who created, ornamented, decorated and used it. The first volume of the three-volume architectural history of Dublin Castle presents original findings that will overthrow preconceptions about the nature of the presence of the British monarchy in Ireland. With deeply insightful analysis that draws upon uniquely accessed archives, authors Campbell and Derham bring to light every aspect of how Dublin Castle's authorities wished to be perceived and how that changed according to the whims of imperious Viceroys, renowned craftsmen, and an Irish state wishing to secure an image of its newfound self-determination. This fascinating work will be of interest to anyone with a passion for the history of Ireland, its art, design, and architecture. [Subject: Irish Studies, Architecture, Art History, Cultural History, History]

Publication Date: 11/6/2017
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781911024736

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