My academic supervisor Colin Kidd recently introduced me to the work of his good friend Paul Kleber Monod. Since then, I've read his Jacobitism and the English People: 1688-1788 and his magnificent The Power of Kings: Monarchy and Religion in Europe 1589-1714.
Over the years, I've developed a great interest in conceptions of sacral royalty and greatly enjoyed Jean Hani's Traditionalist work Sacred Royalty: From the Pharaoh to the Most Christian King. What made the greatest impression on me from Hani's exegesis was the ancient conception of cyclical time as oppositional to linear narratives. Symbolized by the self-devouring snake (Ouroboros) it reinforces the ultimate completion and regeneration of existence. Repeatedly in my antiquarian readings, I've come across references to this Indo-European symbol and enjoyed such a vignette within Jacobitism and the English People. Monod describes a broadsheet found in the papers of the nonjuror Thomas Hearne after his death. On it was inked the immortal image of an Ouroboros along with the motto 'The Serpent of Spirit of Resistance'. Within its coils are inscribed key events from Charles I's 1649 martyrdom to his son's 1660 coronation. The circle is closed, time is renewed and the sacred becomes manifested in a royal link to the divine.
Edited by Jonathan Paquette on June 30th, 2014.