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The Making of a Court Society

The Making of a Court Society
Kings and Nobles in Late Medieval Portugal


  • Date Published: April 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521800112


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  • This full-length study of the Portuguese royal court in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries shows how women and men, noblemen and clergy, artisans and minor servants at the royal court lived in close proximity and were connected to each other. It describes the constant displacement of this complex community within the geographical space of Portugal, and how everyday life at court was shaped by ceremonial duties and common activities.

    • Offers an important and complex analysis of a subject which has been almost totally neglected in English
    • Although dealing primarily with Portugal, the book is written from a comparative perspective with the rest of Iberia, and with European kingship in general
    • It is based on original archival research, and tests hypotheses on the political and social history of the late Middle Ages
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    "...a rich and accessible resource for students and scholars with varying degrees of familiarity with the field." Renaissance Quarterly, Emilie Bergmann, University of California, Berkeley

    "an extraordinary book in its intellectual breadth, scholarly thoroughness and historical insight. Few historians today would even attempt such an ambitious and exhaustive study; even fewer could bring such a project to a successful conclusion. The book is indeed a major achievement, and it marks a high point in the author's young but accomplished and prolific career." Speculum Teofilo F. Ruiz, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521800112
    • length: 514 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • contains: 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of maps
    List of abbreviations
    Genealogical tables
    1. The court: outlining the problem
    2. Individuals and groups
    3. Criação and service
    4. The court and space
    5. Court times

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  • Author

    Rita Costa Gomes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
    Rita Costa Gomes is Professor of History at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.


    Alison Aiken

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