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A King TravelsFestive Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain$
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Teofilo F. Ruiz

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153575

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153575.001.0001

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Noncalendrical Festivals: Life Cycles and Power

Noncalendrical Festivals: Life Cycles and Power

(p.293) Chapter IX Noncalendrical Festivals: Life Cycles and Power
A King Travels

Teofilo F. Ruiz

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses noncalendrical celebrations, that is, those high moments in the life cycle—birth, coming of age, coronation, marriage, and death—and the celebratory, almost ritualized, aspects of events organized to mark such important moments in the life cycles of kings and their close families. Celebrations often served as an extension of kingly and noble hegemony. In this regard, how other contending centers of authority—cities, noblemen, ecclesiastical authorities, and others—reacted to, shared in, or ignored these celebrations provides telling signs that none of these feasts were innocent affairs undertaken “just for fun.” They were always rife with wider political intent and meaning.

Keywords:   noncalendrical celebrations, life cycle, celebrations, kingly hegemony, birth, coming of age, coronation, marriage, death

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