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

1st Edition

Lawrence M. Bryant

Published December 28, 2009
Reference - 352 Pages
ISBN 9780754668466 - CAT# Y238020
Series: Variorum Collected Studies


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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.

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