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For a Long Century of Burgundy. The Court, Female Power and Ideology

For a Long Century of Burgundy. The Court, Female Power and Ideology

Small, Graeme

BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review, Vol. 126, No. 1 (2011)

Abstract

On the evidence of the recent publications under discussion here, historians are beginning to break free from the constraints of the traditional chronological boundaries applied to Burgundian history, and are finding new and valuable ways of exploring political culture either side of the divide that was once thought to have been created by the events of 1477. But progress remains uneven: we know more about the court, the centre of political life, before 1477 than we do for the period that came after; with honourable exceptions, we know more about female political agency and power after 1477 than we do about the period before; and we know too little, still, about political ideologies, a burgeoning area of interest which has much to yield.

 

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