Ritual, Ceremony and the Changing Monarchy in France, 1350-1789: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Ritual, Ceremony and the Changing Monarchy in France, 1350-1789

1st Edition

By Lawrence M. Bryant


352 pages

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Hardback: 9780754668466
pub: 2009-12-28

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This collection of articles explores changes in images of the French monarchy propagated in ceremonies that townspeople and officials created for their kings. Bryant looks at royal entrées as massive processional and street theaters in which members of the kingdom both discoursed with and exalted the king in a multiplicity of ritual forms, symbolism and public art. These ceremonies personalized the idea of the state as embodied in the king, and they publicized rights and authority, new historical or mythological themes, innovative styles of monumental architecture and art, and theories of ideal and shared government.


’… collectively these papers provide a fine introduction to the important place the study of ceremonial holds in the work of understanding early modern society.’ H-France Review 'The editors are to be commended for this collection. Bryant's work had been important in our understanding of the evolution of the French monarchy from the late Middle Ages until its abolishment in the eighteenth century. This collection will be a handy resource for both students and scholars in grasping the complexities that surround the development of royal authority in ancien régime France.' Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: from ephemeral to perdurable rituals and ceremonies; Parlementaire political theory in the Parisian royal entry ceremony; The medieval entry ceremony at Paris; Configurations of the community in late medieval spectacles: Paris and London during the dual monarchy; 'What face to put on?': extravagance and royal authority in Louis XI's ceremonies; Politics, ceremonies, and the embodiments of majesty in Henry II's France; Making history: ceremonial texts, royal space, and political theory in the 16th century; Graphic history: what readers knew and were taught in the Quarante Tableaux of Perrissin and Tortorel; From communal ritual to royal spectacle: some observations on the staging of royal entries (1450-1600); Royal ceremony and the revolutionary strategies of the Third Estate; Index.

About the Author

Lawrence M. Bryant is Emeritus Professor in the History Department, California State University, Chico, USA.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General