IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1217: Exhibition and Dissimulation

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP)
Organiser:Jean-Philippe Genet, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP - UMR 8589), Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Moderator/Chair:Jean-Philippe Genet, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP - UMR 8589), Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Paper 1217-aPropaganda and Arcana: The Efficiency of Princely State Power in Quattrocento Northern Italy
(Language: English)
Patrick Boucheron, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP - UMR 8589), Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1217-bA Cupful of Secrets: Royal Treasures between Glitter and Privacy (France-England 13th-14th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Yann Potin, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP - UMR 8589), Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne / Archives Nationales, Paris
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1217-cFrom the Hall to the Bedroom: Royal Power and Reclusion in Late Medieval Castile
(Language: English)
Francisco Foronda, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP - UMR 8589), Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Secrecy has been thought to be one of the characteristics of Renaissance government: on the reverse, even during the genesis of the Modern State, medieval monarchies are usually considered as developing a system of representation through courts, ceremonies, entries and the like. We propose to discuss, through three case studies, the strategies of late medieval states, which in fact manipulate the relations between the sovereign and his subjects by a subtle use of publicity and secrecy, trying to create a screen between the prince and his people, contrary to the feudal tradition of accessibility of the lord, still advocated by most political theorists.