This concluding chapter examines the purpose of festivities. In the case of many celebrations, although they were always filled with social meanings and enacted with specific ideological purposes, it was not clear who actually benefitted from them. Most festivals were multivocal performances, and the register of voices varied according to the circumstances. By the early modern period, whenever the king was present, the events served the desires of the monarch and sought to enhance his prestige. Thus, festivals also served as a lens through which to examine questions of authority. Ultimately, the transition from the late Middle Ages to the early modern period provides clear evidence of uneven continuities and discontinuities in these performances.
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