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Political Ritual and Practice in Capetian France
Studies in Honour of Elizabeth A. R. Brown

M. C. Gaposchkin, J. Rubenstein (eds.)
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457 p., 27 b/w ill. + 9 colour ill., 2 b/w tables, 3 b/w line art, 156 x 234 mm, 2021
ISBN: 978-2-503-59302-9
Languages: English
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This volume demonstrates the continued vitality of the history of the Capetians to the study of the medieval world.

In this volume, thirteen of the world’s leading scholars of medieval France explore some of the most important ideas, events, personalities, and artistic creations of the Capetian world (987–1328). From some of the earliest medieval attempts to make narrative treatments of French history, through the invention of the schools, the creation of Gothic architecture, the practices of chivalry, the practice of statecraft, and the promulgation of law codes, the volume offers a panoramic view of the kingdom and the era that has come to define the medieval world in both the scholarly and popular imaginations.

The scholars brought together in this volume share as well a common sense of gratitude and an intellectual debt to Elizabeth A. R. Brown, whose own rigour and brilliance has inspired their work and shaped their sense of the past. Political Ritual and Practice in Capetian France is both a tribute to a scholar of real accomplishment and a collection of original scholarship raised upon on the foundations that Elizabeth A. R. Brown herself set down.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations, List of Contributors

Jay Rubenstein and M. Cecilia Gaposchkin

Suger: An Abbot’s Fame

Rolf Grosse

Suger, Orderic Vitalis, and the Vexin: Some Observations on Bibliothèque Mazarine MS 2013

Elisabeth van Houts

Countess Blanche, Philip Augustus, and the War of Succession in Champagne, 1201–22

Theodore Evergates

‘Those Who Act More Strictly’: Monks, Jews, and Capetian Religious Politics in the Bibles moralisées

Sara Lipton

Eudes of Châteauroux and the Holy Blood of Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre

Nicholas Vincent

Philippe of Cahors: Or, What’s in a Name?

William Chester Jordan

Jean d’Acre, Butler of France, Diplomat and High Servant of the Capetian Crown (d. January 8, 1296)

Xavier Hélary

Louis IX, Heraclius, and the True Cross at the Sainte Chapelle

M. Cecilia Gaposchkin

Writing and Illustrating History in Thirteenth Century France: The Chronique de l’anonyme de Béthune and Vincent of Beauvais’s Speculum historiale

Alison Stones

Jacob of Santa Sabina Warns Philip the Fair that Boniface VIII is Antichrist by Means of Scripture and the Oraculum Cyrilli

Robert E. Lerner

The Templar Confessions in Bigorre, December 1307 and March 1308

Sean L. Field

The Capetians and the River Seine (Thirteenth-Fourteenth Century)

Elisabeth Lalou

The Judicial Duel in Later Medieval France: Procedure, Ceremony, and Status

Justine Firnhaber-Baker


Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Political & institutional history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Central Middle Ages (c.900 -1250)

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