In the Shadow of Burgundy: The Court of Guelders in the Late Middle Ages

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Cambridge University Press, 26 lut 2004 - 470
In recent years the study of medieval courts has become a flourishing field. The courts of kings and popes, or of the Burgundian dukes, have usually attracted most attention. This book offers by contrast a wide-ranging study of a little-known, medium-sized court - that of Guelders in the Low Countries. Guelders offers an excellent vantage point for the study of European late medieval court culture. It was surrounded by the vast territories of the dukes of Burgundy, and it felt the growing power of the Valois dukes, yet the duchy managed to remain independent until 1473. Rich archival sources - including a long and virtually unbroken series of ducal accounts - reveal much about the rise of territorial or 'proto-national' awareness and about the role of the court in this process. The book also conveys the striking cultural and political richness of the court, poised between French and German spheres of influence.
 

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INTRODUCTION
1
FUNCTIONS AND FUNCTIONARIES
21
A MEDIUMSIZED COURT ON ITS TRAVELS
59
IN SEARCH OF MONEY
89
THE IDEAL PRINCE
108
MUSIC AND MUSICIANS
149
THE WRITTEN AND THE SPOKEN WORD
173
READERS WRITERS AND ILLUMINATORS
220
VISUAL AND APPLIED ARTS
260
THE DUKE
309
THE DUKES
344
COURT CULTURE AND THE FORMING OF A TERRITORIAL
390
A RECONSTRUCTION OF THE BOOK COLLECTION
424
Index
455
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Gerard Nijsten teaches history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

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