By János M. Bak
Fascination with royal pomp and situation is as previous as kingship itself. The authors of Coronations study royal ceremonies from the 9th to the 16th century, and locate the very essence of the monarchical nation in its public presentation of itself. This publication is an enlightened reaction to the revived curiosity in political heritage, written from a point of view that cultural historians also will take pleasure in. The symbolic and formality acts that served to signify and bonafide monarchical energy in medieval and early glossy Europe comprise not just royal and papal coronations but in addition festive entries, inaugural feasts, and rulers' funerals. Fifteen top students from North the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Poland, and Denmark discover the types and the underlying meanings of such occasions, as good as difficulties of correct scholarship on those topics. the entire contributions show the significance of in-depth research of rulership for the realizing of premodern energy constructions. Emphasis is put on interdisciplinary methods, drawing at the findings of ethnography and anthropology, mixed with rigorous serious overview of the written and iconic proof. The editor's historiographical advent surveys the prior and current of this box of analysis and proposes a few new traces of inquiry. "For 'reality' isn't a one-dimensional subject: no matter if we will be able to determine what truly transpired, we nonetheless have to ask the way it used to be perceived by way of these present."
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14 (fol. 37v). (a) The crown of the king and queen, seated, are exchanged for a less ceremonial diadem; (b) The king and queen take communion. 15 (fol. 42, cf. fig. 3; illumination by another, perhaps somewhat later, hand). (a) The crown of the standing king and queen are replaced by other ones; (b) The royal procession returns from the church to the palace. The organization of this last miniature differs in many ways from all the preceding ones. The heads are more powerful, their physiognomy more elongated and sinuous, the drapery more developed; the groups are less compact and their relations more transitive.
88 ― Six The Medieval Entry Ceremony at Paris Lawrence M. Bryant The aim of this article is to reconstruct, to the degree that it can be done, the meanings that the medieval entries of rulers into Paris had for the people who staged and acted in them.  Each reception and entry of a king was a "social drama," and the sum of these performances over time supplied interested parties with the materials for constructing a ceremonial tradition and for representing models of political society. The focus of the study is on Parisian entries because the Parisians found the receptions of new kings to be a good place to articulate their claims both to a dominant place in the kingdom and in the king's affection and because the records of the entry celebrations there are relatively continuous and complete.
It and other large images of ceremonial like it are ways of particularizing this special copy of the Grandes Chroniques de France and of focusing on Charles V's preoccupation with the continuity of the Valois line. ― 88 ― Six The Medieval Entry Ceremony at Paris Lawrence M. Bryant The aim of this article is to reconstruct, to the degree that it can be done, the meanings that the medieval entries of rulers into Paris had for the people who staged and acted in them.  Each reception and entry of a king was a "social drama," and the sum of these performances over time supplied interested parties with the materials for constructing a ceremonial tradition and for representing models of political society.
Coronations: Medieval and Early Modern Monarchic Ritual by János M. Bak