Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

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INTRODUCTION

Jacoba Van Leeuwen

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pp. vii-xx

...during the previous decade historians had paid increasing attention to the communication of medieval power. It was not power itself that was analysed. Rather, the emphasis was placed on the representation: the performance or the staging of power. Rituals, ceremonies, gestures, symbols and signs were the material the historian had to work with; sociology and...

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RITUAL AND STATE-BUILDING: CEREMONIES IN LATE MEDIEVAL BRUGES

Andrew Brown

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pp. 1-28

...Communication between rulers and ruled, however symbolic, came with a price tag. The arrival in Bruges on 14 April 1457 of three rulers, Duke Philip the Good, his son Charles, and the dauphin Louis (while in rebellion against his father King Charles VII), put the citizens to some considerable expense.1 According to a local chronicler, the visitors were...

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PUBLIC ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE EPISCOPAL LORD IN LATE MEDIEVAL BASEL: ROUTINE JOBS OR TRANSITIONS IN SYMBOLIC COMMUNICATION?

Christoph Friedrich Weber

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pp. 29-42

...By taking up a current discussion, the introduction to the conference held in Leuven 2003 has encouraged us to look at the late medieval town from the perspective of symbolic communication. Although having been applied thoroughly on the early and high Middle Ages, this research paradigm still provides a chance for historians to face the diversity...

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LE ROI ET SON DOUBLE: A ROYAL ENTRY TO LATE-MEDIEVAL ABBEVILLE

Katell Laveant

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pp. 43-64

...Although numerous mentions of royal entries in the 15th and 16th centuries in northern France have been preserved, as well as many descriptions of these events, very few texts of the plays performed during these entries remain. This is a problem when we want to study symbolic communication in this context, since we can usually rely only on...

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BALANCING TRADITION AND RITES OF REBELLION: THE RITUAL TRANSFER OF POWER IN BRUGES ON 12 FEBRUARY 1488

Jacoba Van Leeuwen

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pp. 65-82

...In late medieval Flemish towns a new municipality was elected and installed yearly. This ritual transfer was a statutory act of great political importance, since it had to demonstrate the legal foundations of power in the town. Recent research has dealt with this ritual in Hanseatic...

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GIVING BY POURING: THE FUNCTION OF GIFTS OF WINE IN THE CITY OF LEIDEN (14TH-16TH CENTURIES)

Mario Damen

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pp. 83-100

...In a note-book he registered accurately his encounters and the presents he exchanged. In Antwerp, for example, he dined sumptuously with some painters and their wives. After dinner, a messenger from the city council arrived and he handed over four jugs of wine to Dürer saying that it was a gift in honour of the guest to show the city’s good...

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NEGOTIATING AND ESTABLISHING PEACE BETWEEN GESTURES AND WRITTEN DOCUMENTS: THE WALDMANN-PROCESS IN LATE MEDIEVAL ZURICH (1489)

Michael Jucker

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pp. 101-124

...In spring 1489, a violent revolt took place in Zurich and its domains. Hans Waldmann, who had been mayor since 1483, was accused of bribery and of selling out Zurich’s interests for huge sums of money. He was also accused of seducing the citizen's women and forging documents. These accusations and tensions between Zurich and its territory...

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pp. 125-127