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Legitimism was a response of monarchy to its fall from power and delegitimation occasioned by revolution and the Napoleonic period: a theory of royal authority based on Christian theology in a period of secular upheaval; in this sense, it was a historical paradox. Like conservatism, which it was part of, it was a post-revolutionary construct, an ideology of continuity at a time when the historical continuum had been shattered. Legitimism was a product of the French Revolution (1789), …

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Brandt, Hartwig, “Legitimism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023243>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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