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City and Spectacle in Medieval Europe : Medieval Cultures - Kathryn L. Reyerson

City and Spectacle in Medieval Europe

Medieval Cultures

By: Kathryn L. Reyerson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st May 1994
ISBN: 9780816623600
Number Of Pages: 352

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Medieval Europe is known for its sense of ceremony and drama. Knightings, tournaments, coronations, religious processions, and even private celebrations such as baptisms, weddings and funerals were occasions for ritual, feasting and public display. This volume takes a comprehensive look at the many types of city spectacles that entertained the masses and confirmed various messages of power in late medieval Europe. Bringing together leading scholars in history, art history, and literature, this interdisciplinary collection aims to set new standards for the study of medieval popular culture. Drawing examples from Spain, England, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, most of them in the 15th century, the authors explore the uses of ceremony as statements of political power, as pleas for divine intercession, and as expressions of popular culture. Their essays show us spectacles meant to confirm events such as victories, the signing of a city charter, the coronation of a king. In other circumstances, the spectacle acted as a battleground where a struggle for the control of the metaphors of power is played out between factions within cities, or between cities and kings. Yet other ceremonies called upon divine spiritual powers in the hope that their intervention might save the urban inhabitants. We see here a public cognizant of the power of symbols to express its goals and achievements, a society reaching the height of sophistication in its manipulation of popular and elite culture for grand shows.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Configurations of the Community in Late Medieval Spectacles: Paris and London during the Dual Monarchyp. 3
Civic Liturgies and Urban Records in Northern France, 1100-1400p. 34
La grant feste: Philip the Fair's Celebration of the Knighting of His Sons in Paris at Pentecost of 1313p. 56
Icons, Altarpieces, and Civic Ritual in Siena Cathedral, 1100-1530p. 89
The Liturgy of the Count's Advent in Bruges, from Galbert to Van Eyckp. 137
The Spectacle of Suffering in Spanish Streetsp. 153
Ceremony and Oligarchy: The London Midsummer Watchp. 171
Unity or Division? The Social Meaning of Guild Ceremony Urban Communitiesp. 189
The Politics of Welcome: Ceremonies and Constitutional Development in Later Medieval English Townsp. 208
The Duke and His Towns: The Power of Ceremonies, Feasts, and Public Amusement in the Duchy of Guelders (East Netherlands) in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuriesp. 235
In the Pit of the Burgundian Theater State: Urban Traditions and Princely Ambitions in Ghent, 1360-1420p. 271
Elite and Popular Culture in Late Fifteenth-Century Castilian Festivals: The Case of Jaenp. 296
Contributorsp. 319
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9780816623600
ISBN-10: 0816623600
Series: Medieval Cultures
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st May 1994
Publisher: UNIV OF MINNESOTA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.34  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.47

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