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.