Michael Lucy is a historian of monarchy, specializing in the Bourbon dynasty, court politics, and the interconnection between religious ideas and political thought in Early Modern Europe. His research focuses on sacred kingship, expressions of royal authority, and ritual and ceremonial as political tools in sixteenth- through eighteenth-century France. Other research interests include the politics of language; maritime warfare; state portraiture, and social hierarchy.
Michael’s work thus far has looked at the relation between French domestic statecraft and France’s imperial interests in the Mediterranean under Louis XIV; spectacle as a form of political discourse for the French nobility; the politics of language of noblewomen at the court of Versailles; networks between the English and French courts, and the Siamese Revolution of 1688.
Michael holds an A.B. in History, with Distinction, and in French Studies from Syracuse University. His distinction thesis, “Redefining the Nobility under Louis XIV: Political Discourse and Ceremonial in Seventeenth-Century France,” was awarded the Frederick Marquardt Prize and was published in Syracuse’s journal of history.