The Prince in Splendour

Court Festivals of Medieval Europe
Richard Barber
Preface by the author

In this fascinating study, historian Richard Barber examines the elaborate pomp and ceremony of the medieval court festival, revealing as he does so its wider cultural and political importance. This volume is published exclusively by The Folio Society.

Published exclusively by The Folio Society, this lively and entertaining book examines the splendours of the medieval court festival in all its forms – from jousts and knightings to feast days and weddings. Displays of such extravagance were not just desirable but a vital political tool, allowing the powerful to demonstrate their prosperity and influence. Drawing on a wealth of primary material, often eyewitness accounts of great events, Barber sheds a new light on this previously little-researched area.

‘Barber demonstrates a gift for lucid, lively prose and an ability to make highly complex developments … both immediate and accessible.’
  1. New York Times

Three quarter-bound in cloth with a Modiglaini paper front board

Set in Poliphilus and Blado display

280 pages

Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates

Blocked slipcase

9˝ x 6¼˝

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