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Dynastic Marriages 1612/1615 (European Festival Studies: 1450-1700) [Hardcover]

Margaret M. McGowan

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28 April 2013 European Festival Studies: 1450-1700
The union of the two royal houses - the Habsburgs and the Bourbons - in the early seventeenth century illustrates the extent to which marriage was a tool of government in Renaissance Europe, and festivals a manifestation of power and cultural superiority. With contributions from scholars representing a range of disciplines, this volume provides an all-round view of the sequence of festivals and events surrounding the dynastic marriages which were agreed upon in 1612 but not celebrated until 1615 owing to the constant interruption of fetivities by protestant uprisings. The occasion inspired an extraordinary range of records from exchanges of political pamphlets, descriptions of festivities, visual materials, the music of songs and ballets, and the impressions of witnesses and participants. The study of these remarkable sources shows how a team of scholars from diverse disciplines can bring into focus again the creative genius of artists: painters, architects and costume designers, musicians and poets, experts in equestrianism, in pyrotechnics, and in the use of symbolic languages. Their artistic efforts were staged against a background of intense political diplomacy and continuing civil strife; and yet, the determination of Marie de Medicis and her advisers and of the Duke of Lerma brought to a triumphant conclusion negotiations and spectacular commemorations whose legacy was to inform festival art throughout European courts for decades.In addition to printed and manuscript sources, the volume identifies ways of giving future researchers access to festival texts and studies through digitization, making the book both an in-depth analysis of a particular occasion and a blueprint for future engagement with digital festival resources.

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'This volume examines the Habsburg-Bourbon marriages of 1612/1615 for the first time in depth, drawing both on the wealth of extant documentation of all kinds and on the expertise of a wide range of scholars. Politics, history, equitation, ballet, and music are some of the topics which are discussed in their European context.'Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Exeter College, Oxford University, UK'This collection of fourteen essays by scholars representing different disciplines illuminates brilliantly and uniquely the multi-faceted significance of dynastic marriages in early seventeenth-century Europe, especially France and Spain.'Robert Knecht, University of Birmingham, UK

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Margaret M.McGowan is Research Professor of French at the University of Sussex. Her research interests centre on the intellectual, cultural and artistic concerns of Early Modern Europe. her publications include L'Art du Ballet de cour en france 1581-1643 (1963), Montaigne's Deceits (1974), Ideal forms in the Age of Ronsard (1985), The Vision of Rome in Late Renaissance France (2000), and Dance in the Renaissance: European Fashion, French Obsession (2008). She gave the Leopold Delisle lectures in 2012, was awarded the Wolfson Prize in 2008, and the CBE for services to French Studies in 1998.

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