Civic religion and the court
in Court and civic society in the Burgundian Low Countries c.1420–1530
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This chapter contains an introduction and a selection of translated and annotated texts on Burgundian civic religion and the court. The involvement of Burgundian rulers in the religious life of their towns was regular, frequent and varied. The presence of the living duke in the city might mean disruption to the normal rhythms of urban religious activity. The role of the dukes in annual civic processions was usually as passive spectators. Their joining of guilds and fraternities in towns suggests participation that complemented rather than appropriated the religious activities of their urban subjects. The profusion of relics in towns and villages by the fifteenth century, and the vast number of smaller religious groupings of parishes and guilds suggests lay activity that secular and clerical authorities could react to but scarcely contain.

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