Ceremonial Culture In Pre-modern Europe

Paperback | January 15, 2007

EditorNicholas Howe

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"In this volume, Nicholas Howe has brought together original and important essays focusing on medieval and early modern processions in Western Europe. The contributors share numerous insights that will interest scholars in anthropology, history of religion, performance history, social history, medieval and Early Modern studies, and art history." —Diane Wolfthal, Arizona State University
 
“The perceptively analyzed case studies in this volume constitute a reader's guide on how to interpret ritual and other ephemeral forms of celebration, as well their concrete manifestation in the visual arts.” —Patricia Fortini Brown, Princeton University
 
“A ground-breaking collection of compelling and wonderfully cohesive essays, which sets the standard for future study of ceremonial culture. Nicholas Howe and his collaborators are to be congratulated for having revealed so many of the ways in which this operated as a force for both continuity and change in pre-modern Europe.” —Alastair Minnis, Yale University
 
The essayists in this volume identify and recover the excitement and dynamism that characterized ceremonial culture in pre-modern Europe. Each turns to key issues: the relation between public and private space, the development of fully-realized dramas and rituals from earlier forms, and the semiotic code that ceremonies manifested to their audiences. Their subjects include the Adventus procession at Chartres; Epiphany and Palm Sunday rituals in medieval Moscow; the staged entry of the future Emperor Charles V into Bruges in 1515; and ceremonies in Italian Renaissance cities interpreted through the lens of Renaissance optical theory. What emerges from each essay is a deeper understanding that any ceremony is, finally, an attempt to close the divide between abstract and literal, ideal and actual.      

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"In this volume, Nicholas Howe has brought together original and important essays focusing on medieval and early modern processions in Western Europe. The contributors share numerous insights that will interest scholars in anthropology, history of religion, performance history, social history, medieval and Early Modern studies, and art...

NICHOLAS HOWE (1953–2006) was professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author and editor of several books, including Migration and Mythmaking in Anglo-Saxon England (Notre Dame Press, 2001). CONTRIBUTORS: Nicholas Howe, Margot Fassler, Michael S. Flier, Gordon Kipling, Edward Muir.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:January 15, 2007Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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“These four essays, introduced by the late Nicholas Howe, treat the court ceremony surrounding entries and the role of visual culture in shaping sacred and civic processions. The book is well illustrated, befitting a work that attempts to close the gap between the ephemeral, abstract world of ceremony and the actual, literal world of the event itself. All contributions explore what it meant to be a spectator to such processions, thereby expanding the previous scope of scholarly studies.” —Renaissance Quarterly, Summer 2008