This study provides a reassessment of the late medieval relationship between cities and sovereigns, as seen through the lens of ceremonial receptions of royalty. Rather than approach these ceremonies from the traditional perspective of royal "propaganda," this project views them from below. By employing cost-benefit analysis, along with copious data from a dozen municipal archives (as a corrective to royally sponsored narrative chronicles), the study is able to asses what ceremonial receptions meant to the cities and their hinterlands in terms of economic realities, administrative capacity, social impact, and micro politics.
Among its contributions, the dissertation: synthesizes several previous micro histories, integrates a substantial inter disciplinary literature, proposes a framework for discerning urban agency through city hall minutes (libros de actas) and other administrative sources, provides a pan Iberian comparison of three kingdoms (Castile, Aragon, and Portugal), and advances a new dynamic model of the city sovereign relationship, with implications for the colonial and dynastic projects throughout Europe and Early America.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. April 2010. Major: History. Advisor: William D. Phillips, Jr., Carla Rahn Phillips. 1 computer file (PDF); ii, 288 pages.
Morera, Luis X..
Cities and sovereigns:ceremonial receptions of Iberia as seen from below, 1350-1550.
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