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

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Hardback 440 Pages / Published: 20/12/2001
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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 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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198205296
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
...a highly accomplished book that has a wide scope both geographically and culturally. * Maria Hayward, Costume *
An important book ... so much more than just a study of expenditure. This is a sophisticated, vividly illustrated and rigorously researched probing of the relationship between the material and the mental in the noble life and the political structures of the 'long' fourteenth century. It is abrim with original ideas and perceptions which look to have significant implications for students of other periods too. * English Historical Review *
Fascinating study. * BBC History Magazine *
Vale knows this territory well, perhaps better than anyone, and his book resembles one of the muniment chests that would have accompanied an itinerant court on its journeys; it is a treasure-trove of information, on the hoof ... an essential contribution to the study of court life. * Carol Symes, The Medieval Review *
Refreshing views on the subject of definitions of culture ... Remarkable new book, which will be the point of departure for studies of the late medieval court for a long time to come. * Nigel Saul, Times Literary Supplement *

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