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Civic Ceremony and Religion in Medieval Bruges c.1300-1520
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Civic Ceremony and Religion in Medieval Bruges c.1300-1520 (Hardback)

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Public religious practice lay at the heart of civic society in late medieval Europe. In this illuminating study, Andrew Brown draws on the rich and previously little-researched archives of Bruges, one of medieval Europe's wealthiest and most important towns, to explore the role of religion and ceremony in urban society. The author situates the religious practices of citizens - their investment in the liturgy, commemorative services, guilds and charity - within the contexts of Bruges' highly diversified society and of the changes and crises the town experienced. Focusing on the religious processions and festivities sponsored by the municipal government, the author challenges much current thinking on, for example, the nature of 'civic religion'. Re-evaluating the ceremonial links between Bruges and its rulers, he questions whether rulers could dominate the urban landscape by religious or ceremonial means, and offers new insight into the interplay between ritual and power of relevance throughout medieval Europe.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500Medieval historyHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & Beliefs Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 10/03/2011 ISBN-13: 9780521764452  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Andrew Brown is Lecturer in the School of History, Classics and Philosophy at the University of Massey. His previous publications include Church and Society in England, 1000-1500 (2003) and Court and Civic Society in the Burgundian Low Countries c.1420-1530 (co-edited with Graeme Small, 2007).

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