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The Archaeology of AncestorsDeath, Memory, and Veneration$
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Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062518

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062518.001.0001

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Royal Ancestor Construction and Veneration in the House of Habsburg

Royal Ancestor Construction and Veneration in the House of Habsburg

(p.166) 7 Royal Ancestor Construction and Veneration in the House of Habsburg
The Archaeology of Ancestors

Estella Weiss-Krejci

University Press of Florida

Focused on medieval-period Austria, this chapter explores how the Central European House of Habsburg deployed ancestors as part of a political strategy to link the dynasty and its members with the illustrious dead. Taking a liberal view of ancestorhood, Habsburgs such as Rudolph I and Maximilian I publicly visited and reused ancient burial places, intermarried with members of other dynasties in order to increase the prestige of their own, and occasionally manufactured—wholesale—the required genealogical documentation to bolster their kinship-based claims to royal status.

Keywords:   ancestors, medieval period, Austria, Europe, genealogy, Habsburgs, royalty, politics

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