Das politische Zeremoniell im Reich (Mitte des 14. bis Ende des 15. Jahrhunderts); Skizze eines Forschungsprojekts
Description of a research project about poitical ceremonial in late medieval Germany
This study describes different forrms of adventus ceremonies practicised around 1500 in local towns of the principality of Trier.
The subject of the article is the "second ceremonial section", consisting of chapters 21-23 of the so called Golden Bull of 1356. The newly proposed reconstruction of the text structure of the Golden Bull demands revision of aĺl traditional points of view on this document. The article demonstrates relations between some aspects of pageantries described here with coronation procession in Aachen.
Collection of studies on the history of medieval Germany
The article deals with some specific technical forms of representation of royal and princely power in medieval Europe.
Autobiografical texts, survived from the late Middle Ages, allowed to the author analysing several amusing cases of complex relations between German noblemen of different generations.
This book brings together a group of leading experts on the political history of Germany and the medieval Empire from the Carolingian period to the end of the Middle Ages. Its purpose is to introduce and analyze key concepts in the study of medieval political culture. The representation of power by means of texts, buildings and images is a theme which has long interested historians. However, recent debates and methodological insights have fundamentally altered the way this subject is perceived, opening it up to perspectives unnoticed by its pioneers in the middle of the twentieth century. By taking account of these debates and insights, this volume explores a series of fundamental questions. How was power defined in a medieval context? How was it claimed, legitimized and disputed? What were the moral parameters against which its exercise was judged? How did different spheres of political power interact? What roles were played by texts, images and rituals in the maintenance of, and challenges to, the political order? The contributors bring varied and original approaches to these and other questions, illuminating the complex power relationships which determined the changing political history of medieval Germany.
The article describes different ways of visual representation of princely entries in medieval cities and towns.