The Princely Court: Medieval Courts and Culture in North-West Europe, 1270-1380 by Malcolm Vale

The Princely Court: Medieval Courts and Culture in North-West Europe, 1270-1380

byMalcolm Vale

Paperback | January 22, 2004

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In 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 aperiod 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 musicallife. 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 inEuropean history and a celebration of a forgotten age.

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Malcolm Vale is a Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at St John's College, Oxford.
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Title:The Princely Court: Medieval Courts and Culture in North-West Europe, 1270-1380Format:PaperbackDimensions:474 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 22, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199269939

ISBN - 13:9780199269938

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Material Foundation of Court Life1. Court and Household2. Organization and Structures3. Consumption and Expenditure4. The Travelling CourtCulture5. Court Life and Court Culture6. Art at Court: Investment in Culture?ConclusionAppendicesMapsBibliography

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`It is his vivid and illuminating reconstructions of court life in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries that will be of inestimable use both to medievalists and to all those with a serious interest in court culture.'American Historical Review