The Prince in Splendour
Court Festivals of Medieval Europe
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.’
- New York Times
Three quarter-bound in cloth with a Modiglaini paper front board
Set in Poliphilus and Blado display
Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates
9˝ x 6¼˝