Civic Ceremony and Religion in Medieval Bruges c.1300-1520 by Brown

By Brown

Public non secular perform lay on the middle of civic society in overdue medieval Europe. during this illuminating examine, Andrew Brown attracts at the wealthy and formerly little-researched data of Bruges, one among medieval Europe's wealthiest and most vital cities, to discover the position of faith and rite in city society. the writer situates the non secular practices of electorate - their funding within the liturgy, commemorative companies, guilds and charity - in the contexts of Bruges' hugely assorted society and of the adjustments and crises town skilled. targeting the spiritual processions and festivities backed via the municipal govt, the writer demanding situations a lot present pondering on, for instance, the character of 'civic religion'. Re-evaluating the ceremonial hyperlinks among Bruges and its rulers, he questions no matter if rulers may perhaps dominate the city panorama through non secular or ceremonial capacity, and gives new perception into the interaction among ritual and gear of relevance all through medieval Europe

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111 What it might say could be conditioned by local circumstances. What it might do could depend on the kind of event it was. Different ceremonies may work differently, and in this study a great variety occur:€ besides the annual civic processions, there are ad hoc or ‘general’ processions, the festive events of guildsmen, the entry ceremonies of princes into towns and the spectacles of the court. With these points in mind, civic ceremony or religion will thus be considered in relation to civic society, authority and oligarchy.

96 Bell, Ritual Theory, pp. 19–32; C. Humphreys and J. A. Laidlaw, The Archetypal Actions of Ritual:€ A Theory of Ritual Illustrated by the Jain Rite of Worship (Oxford, 1994), pp. 261–2. 97 V. Turner, The Ritual Process:€Structure and Anti-Structure (London, 1969), Chapters 3–5. For its application to Burgundian ‘entry ceremonies’, see below, p. 236. 98 See the application of liminality and ‘ritual inversions’ to flagellant processions in R. F. E. Weissman, Ritual Brotherhood in Renaissance Florence (London, 1982), pp.

Mammitzsch (Chicago, 1996), pp. 176–7, 188, 248, 265–7, 300–1, 313–14. 73 For a gloomy assessment of late medieval piety in Flanders, see J. Toussaert, Le Sentiment religieux en Flandre à la fin du moyen âge (Paris, 1963). 74 For an example in relation to late medieval processions, see B. A. M. Ramakers, Spelen en figuren:€Toneelkunst en processiecultuur in Oudenaarde tussen middeleeuwen en moderne tijd (Amsterdam, 1996). 71 72 ‘Civic religion’ 21 Devotio might suggest a more general flourishing of late medieval Catholicism;75 the accumulation of masses and liturgical service might be reinterpreted as a development that enriched the devotional life of the laity.

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