In this fascinating new book, Malcolm Vale sets out to recapture the splendour of the court culture of western Europe in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Exploring the century or so between the death of St Louis and the rise of Burgundian power in the Low Countries, he illuminates a period in the history of princes and court life previously overshadowed by that of the courts of the dukes of Burgundy. Taking in subjects as diverse as art patronage and gambling, hunting and devotional religion, Malcolm Vale rediscovers a richness and abundance of artistic, literary, and musical life. He shows how, despite the pressures of political fragmentation, unrest, and a nascent awareness of national identity, a common culture emerged in English, French, and Dutch court societies at this time. The result is a ground-breaking re-evaluation of the nature and role of the court in European history and a celebration of a forgotten age.
`Remarkable new book, which will be the point of departure for studies of the late medieval court for a long time to come' Nigel Saul, Times Literary Supplement `Refreshing views on the subject of definitions of culture' Nigel Saul, Times Literary Supplement Review from other book by this author `teeming not only with stimulating ideas ... but also with detailed information ... a brilliant book which will hold an important place in Anglo-French studies for a long time to come' Medium Aevum
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 1st March 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.82