Early Modern Diplomacy and French Festival Culture in a European Context, 1572-1615
Bram van Leuveren
VAN LEUVEREN Bram van, Early Modern Diplomacy and French Festival Culture in a European Context, 1572-1615, Brill, Leyde, 2023.
ISBN : 978-90-04-53781-1.
This book is the first to explore the rich festival culture of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century France as a tool for diplomacy. Bram van Leuveren examines how the late Valois and early Bourbon rulers of the kingdom made conscious use of festivals to advance their diplomatic interests in a war-torn Europe and how diplomatic stakeholders from across the continent participated in and responded to the theatrical and ceremonial events that featured at these festivals. Analysing a large body of multilingual eyewitness and commemorative accounts, as well as visual and material objects, Van Leuveren argues that French festival culture operated as a contested site where the diplomatic concerns of stakeholders from various national, religious, and social backgrounds fought for recognition.
Table of contents :
List of Figures
Pages : x
List of Abbreviations
Pages : xi–xii
Pages : xiii–xiv
Pages : 1–27
Chapter 1 Unhappy Products of Unhappy Times : European Thought on Diplomacy and Festival Culture in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Pages : 28–70
Chapter 2 Cross-Confessional Diplomacy : The Parisian Court Festivals of Summer 1572
Pages : 71–129
Chapter 3 Diplomatic (In)Hospitality : Henri III’s Controversial Reception of Dutch Rebels, Winter 1585
Pages : 130–173
Chapter 4 Public and Back-Channel Diplomacy : Broadcasting Reconciliation at the Time of the Edict of Nantes and the Peace of Vervins, 1598–1600
Pages : 174–214
Chapter 5 Contesting Diplomacies : Continuity and Audience Control at Two Royal Marriages, 1612–1615
Pages : 215–253
Pages : 254–260