Public non secular perform lay on the center of civic society in overdue medieval Europe. during this illuminating learn, Andrew Brown attracts at the wealthy and formerly little-researched records of Bruges, one in all medieval Europe's wealthiest and most crucial cities, to discover the function of faith and rite in city society. the writer situates the spiritual practices of voters - their funding within the liturgy, commemorative companies, guilds and charity - in the contexts of Bruges' hugely various society and of the adjustments and crises the city skilled. concentrating on the spiritual processions and festivities backed by means of 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 well dominate the city panorama through non secular or ceremonial capacity, and gives new perception into the interaction among ritual and tool of relevance all through medieval Europe
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445–70. 70 Parsons, Siena, pp. 6–7. For similar trends in Venice and Florence, see E. CrouzetPavan, ‘Sopra le acque salse’. Espaces, pouvoir et société à Venise à la fin du Moyen Age (Paris, 1992), p. 551; R. C. Trexler, Public Life in Renaissance Florence (New York, 1980), p. 222. 66 20 Introduction It would not be difficult to discern the same trend in late medieval Bruges:Â€ the Holy Blood procession did come to be associated with Flemish military success; secular festivities were used to promote a sense of civic unity (see Chapter 5).
120 For divisions in the town in the early 1480s, see J. Haemers, For the Common Good:Â€State Power and Urban Revolts in the Reign of Mary of Burgundy (1477–1482) (Turnhout, 2008), pp. 137–228. 121 For the following, see especially M. Boone, Gent en de Bourgondische hertogen ca. 1384–ca. 1453:Â€ Een sociaal-politieke studie van een staatsvormingsproces (Ghent, 1990); 118 32 Introduction increasingly able to use groups of wealthy citizens to extend their own authority, and play off one faction against another.
G. Althoff, ‘Zur Bedeutung symbolischer Kommunikation für das Verständnis des Mittelalters’, Frühemittelalterliche Studien:Â€ Jahrbuch des Instituts für Frühmittelalterforschung der Universität Münster 31 (1997), 370–89. 101 Humphreys and Laidlaw, Archetypal Actions, esp. p. 260. 102 M. Bloch, ‘The Ritual of the Royal Bath in Madagascar:Â€The Dissolution of Death, Birth and Fertility into Authority’, in D. Cannadine and S. ), Rituals of Royalty:Â€Power and Ceremonial in Traditional Societies (Cambridge, 1987), pp.