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Nackt, geplündert und verlassen. Der Leichnam des Herrschers zwischen jus spolii, Karneval und „Zwei-Körper-Theorie“

P. 101-120.

Often in the Middle Ages corpse of a dead ruler became centre of intesive ritual activity. One of its specific forms was plundering of the dead body or/and exhibiting it naked without any sort of insignia. The author disputes with explanations of this custom proposed in academaic publications of the last decades and demonstrates new cases, concerning secular rulers, mainly kings of England.