In: KulturPoetik 2001, Heft 2


Karina Kellermann


Die körperliche Inszenierung des Königs. Ein mittelalterliches Kulturmuster




Medieval representations of the king in history, literature, and art show the two natures of the king both in their difference and in their ideal unity (»una persona, duae naturae«). With reference to Kantorowicz's famous study it will be shown that this idea of the king's two bodies was highly influential in the Middle Ages. The concept of a mortal natural body combined with an immortal political-symbolical one was so significant for politics and theology and moulded the imaginations of artists, poets and chroniclers so deeply that we can call it a medieval cultural pattern. Having established this common ground between different disciplines and arts the essay finally stresses the special aesthetic position of literary texts.