DEUX ENTRÉES ROYALES A NANTES EN 1532: Celle d'Eléonore d'Autriche, Reine de France et du Dauphin François II

Lazard, Madeleine
July 1994
Medieval English Theatre;1994, Vol. 16, p116
Academic Journal
The Entry of a Prince or grandee into a town in the kingdom were for their subjects an opportunity for exhibiting their loyalty and for the citizens a celebration of the excellence of their city. A Royal Entry was both a festivity and a show. The gathering of the whole community, nobility, gentry and common people, gave the festival its full meaning. Reciprocity of obligations and exchange of services validated the social hierarchy and the continuity of the kingdom. Entries were organized on the occasion of key events of the sovereigns’ lives: marriages, births, victories. In 1530, poems singing Queen Eleonore’s praises offered an ideal picture of the beneficent princess. The themes of the Dauphin François’ Entry recalled the recent linking of Brittany to the French kingdom and the oath of allegiance made by the Bretons. Themes and symbols might change during the Renaissance, but the ceremonial was a traditional one. These two Entries are worth studying because they blend medieval traditions with new humanistic trends.


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