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The making of a court society : kings and nobles in late medieval Portugal / Rita Costa Gomes; trad. Alison Aiken

Main Author Gomes, Rita Costa Secondary Author Aiken, Alison Country Reino Unido. Publication Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, cop. 2003 Description XXII, 490 p. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-521-80011-0 CDU 946.9"13/14" 929.731(469)
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This 2003 book is an important full-length study of the Portuguese royal court in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. It describes the fundamental importance of the court in defining the social position of kings, and shows how kings and nobles redefined one another, despite many celebrated political rivalries within the broader Iberian context. The book contains a detailed comparative analysis of the way royal courts were organized, and of the status, professional and gender groups inside the Portuguese court. The characteristics of the court society as a whole, however, were rooted mostly in the dynamics of hierarchy and interdependence - in the specific ways the different parts and the individuals were bonded to each other. These bonds are discussed in light of later medieval concepts and theories. The book also describes the constant displacement of this complex community within Portugal, and how life at court was shaped by ceremonial duties and common activities.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of figures
  • List of maps
  • List of abbreviations
  • Genealogical tables
  • Glossary
  • Introduction
  • 1 The court: outlining the problem
  • 2 Individuals and groups
  • 3 Criatpo and service
  • 4 The court and space
  • 5 Court times
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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