IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1223: Expressions of Power and Pleasure: Hunting, Dancing, and Public Festivities

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chair:Zita Eva Rohr, Department of History, University of Sydney
Paper 1223-aPrincely Pleasures: Hunting at the Court of Milan in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Cristina Arrigoni Martelli, Department of History, York University, Ontario
Index terms: Administration, Daily Life, Local History, Mentalities
Paper 1223-bFlemish Art and Burgundian Dance, c. 1470-1500
(Language: English)
Robert Mullally, Independent Scholar, London
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Performance Arts - Dance
Paper 1223-cPublic Festivities in Portuguese Medieval Towns
(Language: English)
Arnaldo Rui Azevedo de Sousa Melo, Departamento de História, Universidade do Minho, Braga
Maria do Carmo Ribeiro, Departamento de História, Universidade do Minho, Braga
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Social History

Paper -a:
Hunting was political tool and an expression of power and status for the Milanese princes. But there can be no doubt that its practice as well as the constant preoccupation with maintaining a complex entourage of men, territories, and animals was a significant and self-consciously class-defining source of princely pleasures. The paper explores the ways in which this pleasure was sought and taken and the mentalities that underpinned and justified the practice making it both a matter-of-fact daily activity and an instrument of power.

Paper -b:
After a short explanation of the basse danse (the main social dance of the 15th century in francophone areas) and its central position in the social life of the period, the paper will examine the relationship between the basse danse, and three Flemish miniatures of the late 15th century, with which it seems to be most closely related, in order to arrive at a more general conclusion about the dance and art of the time.

Paper -c:
The aim of this paper is to analyze the major Portuguese public festivities in 14th and 15th centuries, in order to study their relationship with the urban space. We start by studying civic and religious festivities, namely royal baptisms, weddings and enthronements, as well as royal and lordly entries in towns, but also regular festivities such as the Corpus Christi. We proceed to study the urban areas where they occurred, their itinerary, the type of festivities (street theater, processions, bullfights, music and dance […]) and the ornamentation of those urban areas. Finally we will analyze pleasure connected to these different types of festivities, as well as to various social groups. Our methodology is based upon different types of sources, namely written and iconographic documents, as well as remaining medieval historic buildings and urban plans.