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Author Brown, Andrew, 1964-

Title Civic ceremony and religion in medieval Bruges c.1300-1520 / Andrew Brown
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 368 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents 1. The Holy Blood procession -- 2. General processions -- 3. Feast days and liturgical commemoration -- 4. Guilds: feast, festivity and public worship -- 5. Guilds and civic government -- 6. Civic charity -- 7. Civic ceremony, religion and the counts of Flanders -- Conclusion and epilogue: civic morality c.1500
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-350) and index
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Subject Civil religion -- Belgium -- Bruges.
Rites and ceremonies -- Belgium -- Bruges.
Bruges (Belgium) -- Church history.
Bruges (Belgium) -- Religion.
Bruges (Belgium) -- Religious life and customs.
Genre/Form Church history.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010040409
ISBN 0511933363 (electronic bk.)
0511933886 (ebook)
9780511933363 (electronic bk.)
9780511933882 (ebook)