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Splendour of the Burgundian Court: Charles the Bold (1433-1477)
     

Splendour of the Burgundian Court: Charles the Bold (1433-1477)

by Susan Marti, Till-Holger Borchert, Gabriele Keck
 

ISBN-10: 0801448530

ISBN-13: 9780801448539

Pub. Date: 05/28/2009

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Distributed in North America for Mercatorfonds.Charles the Bold (1433–1477) was ambitious, well educated, and tireless in his pursuit of power and recognition. At the close of the Middle Ages, in the fourth generation of his dynasty, he made the duchy of Burgundy into a significant European power. The house of Burgundy celebrated its rise by establishing a

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Distributed in North America for Mercatorfonds.Charles the Bold (1433–1477) was ambitious, well educated, and tireless in his pursuit of power and recognition. At the close of the Middle Ages, in the fourth generation of his dynasty, he made the duchy of Burgundy into a significant European power. The house of Burgundy celebrated its rise by establishing a glittering court life, in which objects of exquisite taste were constantly sought after. The essays in Splendour of the Burgundian Court—biographies of rulers, political history, and analyses of court art—form a comprehensive portrait of the Burgundian court. Its splendid full-color illustrations vividly bring to life both the brilliance and the drama of the epoch.The dukes of Burgundy ruled over a conglomeration of territories, each with its own political and legal traditions. Because their dynasty was relatively new and flanked by the much more powerful French kingdom and German empire, Burgundian dukes invested in lavish public ceremonial displays to assert their status and reinforce the court's position as a center of power. The theater of Burgundian rule depended upon the display of ever more elaborate objects, from clothing and armor to furniture, tableware, tapestries, and paintings-many of which are of outstanding quality. Charles the Bold grew up on this ritualized stage, and his eventful life is reflected in the ceremonies and objects that conveyed his authority. Splendour of the Burgundian Court welcomes readers into that world.

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ISBN-13:
9780801448539
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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