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OLIVEIRA, Eduardo Romero de. The protector government: the conception of sovereign in the Portuguese royal ceremonies (XVIII - XIX). Varia hist. [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.36, pp. 476-493. ISSN 1982-4343. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-87752006000200013.
We investigate the Portuguese royal ceremonies during the XVIII century, and we find some that are eminently religious ceremonies. Especially, there is a Portuguese Kingdom's Guardian Angel's procession (in third Sunday of July), established in the XVI century as a royal ceremony, when all the Court participated in it and this ceremony happened throughout the Portuguese kingdom. The royal coronation of the Da. Maria I (1777) and D. João VI (1818) had some religious aspects. These ceremonies let us to consider the connection between religious procedures and royal power. Consequently, when we investigate these ceremonies, we consider the Portuguese king was conceived as a protector-king, as the royal Portuguese power had a religious power of salvation.
Keywords : royal ceremonies; monarch power; theology politics.