By Brown

Public spiritual perform lay on the middle of civic society in overdue medieval Europe. during this illuminating learn, Andrew Brown attracts at the wealthy and formerly little-researched documents of Bruges, one in all medieval Europe's wealthiest and most vital cities, to discover the function of faith and rite in city society. the writer situates the non secular practices of electorate - their funding within the liturgy, commemorative providers, guilds and charity - in the contexts of Bruges' hugely various society and of the alterations and crises the city skilled. targeting the non secular processions and festivities backed through the municipal executive, 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 might dominate the city panorama by way of non secular or ceremonial capacity, and provides new perception into the interaction among ritual and tool of relevance all through medieval Europe

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The phrase ‘civic religion’ is untranslated in this work:€it remains a somewhat alien concept in the historiography of the region. 53 A. Vauchez, ‘Patronage of Saints and Civic Religion in the Italy of the Communes’, in A. Vauchez, The Laity in the Middle Ages, trans. M. J. Scheider (Notre Dame, IN, 1993), pp. 153–68; M. J. Scheider, ‘Afterword’, in J. Cannon and A. Vauchez, Margherita of Cortona and the Lorenzetti:€Sienese Art and the Cult of a Holy Woman in Medieval Tuscany (Philadelphia, 1999), pp.

99 The link between visions of society and social reality are James, ‘Ritual’, p. â•… 94╇ Arnade, Realms of Ritual, pp. 211–13. D. Kertzer, Ritual, Politics and Power (New Haven, CT, 1988), p. 175. 96 Bell, Ritual Theory, pp. 19–32; C. Humphreys and J. A. Laidlaw, The Archetypal Actions of Ritual:€ A Theory of Ritual Illustrated by the Jain Rite of Worship (Oxford, 1994), pp. 261–2. 97 V. Turner, The Ritual Process:€Structure and Anti-Structure (London, 1969), Chapters 3–5. For its application to Burgundian ‘entry ceremonies’, see below, p.

67 See comments on ‘secularising’ effects of civic control of religion, in Chevalier, ‘Religion civique’, p. 349; G. Dickson, ‘The 115 Cults of Saints in Later Medieval and Renaissance Perugia:€ A Demographic Overview of a Civic Pantheon,’ in G. Dickson, Religious Enthusiasm in the Medieval West (Aldershot, 2000), pp. 6–25 (p. 19). It is perhaps a historiographical issue that is more dominant in some countries than in others. g. G. Rosser, ‘Urban Culture and the Church 1300–1540’, in D. M. ), The Cambridge Urban History of Britain:€Volume 1 600–1540 (Cambridge, 2000), pp.

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