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Prince’s mirror
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1. Concept and genres

Beginning with the first ancient examples, prince’s mirrors were didactic, exhortatory, or reflective political texts concerned with the norms and forms of correct princely conduct (Authority; Monarchy). Titles variously focused on genre in reference to the mirror metaphor of medieval didacticism (e.g. Speculum principis/regis/regale, “Mirror of the Prince”), on function (e.g. De educatione/institutione principis, “On the Education of the Prince”) or on subject m…

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Weber, Wolfgang E.J., “Prince’s mirror”, 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 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019575>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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