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.
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
Chapter Two: Petitioning the King Gift-Giving
The Second Harangue
Designing the Gift
A Typology of Requests
(1) Economic Requests
(3) Urban Justice and Administration
(4) Religious Requests
Chapter Three: Accessing the King Brokers and Networks of Clientage
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
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.