The Princely Court
Medieval Courts and Culture in North-West Europe, 1270-1380
By (author) Malcolm Vale
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Princely Court by Malcolm Vale
Book DescriptionIn 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198205296
(242mm x 163mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Malcolm Vale
Henry V, Hardback (August 2016)
More than just a single-minded warrior-king, Henry V comes to life in this fresh account as a gifted ruler acutely conscious of spiritual matters and his subjects' welfare
Ancient Enemy, Paperback (February 2009)
Traces the origins and evolution of the enmity between England and France over the years in which England was a continental European land power. This book also examines the emergence of English national identity and the part played by language in this process, as the English increasingly defined themselves against their French enemy.
Princely Court, Paperback (January 2004)
In this study, Malcolm Vale restores the 13th and 14th century courts to their rightful place in the cultural history of western Europe. By examining both surviving works of art and the evidence of household and other accounts he illuminates the richness and abundance of artistic, literary, and musical life at the courts of this period.
Philip the Bold, Paperback (October 2002)» View all books by Malcolm Vale
When in 1363 the duke of Burgundy died without an heir, the duchy returned to the French crown. John II's decision to give it to his fourth son, Philip, had some logic behind it. This title describes the process by which Philip fashioned the power, in particular his administrative techniques.
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