Ceremonial Entries, Municipal Liberties and the Negotiation of Power in Valois France, 1328-1589 


In a fresh examination of the French ceremonial entry, Neil Murphy considers the role these events played in the negotiation between urban elites and the Valois monarchy for rights and liberties. Moving away from the customary focus on the pageantry, this book focuses on how urban governments used these ceremonies to offer the ruler (or his representatives) petitions regarding their rights, liberties and customs. Drawing on extensive research, he shows that ceremonial entries lay at the heart of how the state functioned in later medieval and Renaissance France.
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Biographical Note

Neil Murphy (Ph.D University of Glasgow) is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Northumbria. His principal interests lie in the history of France from c.1330 to c.1580. He has published widely in a range of leading journals and has a book forthcoming on the captivity of John II (1356-60).

Table of contents

Introduction: Framing Royal Entries
Sources and perspectives
Geography and Chronology

Chapter One: Confirming Municipal Liberties
The Harangue
Keys and Banners
Changes to the Extramural Greeting
The Loggia

Chapter Two: Petitioning the King
The Second Harangue
The Gifts
Designing the Gift
A Typology of Requests
(1) Economic Requests
(2) Defence
(3) Urban Justice and Administration
(4) Religious Requests

Chapter Three: Accessing the King
Brokers and Networks of Clientage
The Chancellor
Royal Secretaries and the Ratification of Urban Grants
Domestiques et Commensaux du Roi
Royal Women and Royal Entries

Chapter Four: Royal Authority in the Provinces
Planning Governors’ Entries
The Canopy
Governors’ Networks of Clientage




All those interested in the history of later medieval and Renaissance France, as well as those interested in the pre-modern.


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