chapter  2
THE TRAPPINGS OF POWER
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Power has visual corollaries, signs and symbols through which people identify the rank of individuals, either directly in person or at a distance. These are the trappings of power. Some, such as martial regalia, may be functional and obviously denote position and authority; others, such as specifi c insignia, may be more obscure in their symbolism and meaning and enshrined in contemporary power politics. So how did the friendly kings represent themselves to their subjects?