Dynasty in Motion: Wedding Journeys in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
By Patrik Pastrnak
A look at royal weddings in the 15th and 16th centuries, focusing on the travel that took place before getting to the ceremony. From who was in the entourage to the events held along the way, it unveils an interesting aspect of court culture and the important role the princesses could play in strengthening royal power.
This book argues that wedding travel was not an inconsequential by-product of the international princely marriage. On the contrary, it played a crucial role in medieval and early modern dynasties and their members. By looking into cultural (social, instructional, literary, and gender) factors it will be shown that these journeys were ideal tools to negotiate the social status of princely houses, propagate splendour and magnificence, create dynastic memory, enable integration of foreign brides, or prepare individuals for their new role.
Who is this book for?
While the topic might seem narrow, there are a lot of fascinating aspects to this book, ranging from the practical details of bringing a princess and her entourage across Europe to how such occasions made impressions of the subjects and nobility of a kingdom. Those interested in royal courts and the role of high-status women in the late Middle Ages will want to read this book.
Patrik Pastrnak is an assistant professor at Palacky University in the Czech Republic. His research looks at medieval queenship and royalty. You can learn more about Patrik on his Academia.edu page or follow him on X/Twitter.
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