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Enter the King: Theatre, Liturgy, and Ritual in the Medieval Civic Triumph

Gordon Kipling


The civic triumph, or royal entry, was one of the great ‘spectacles of state’ that stood at the heart of national and civic life in the Middle Ages. It originated in the late fourteenth century as a vast theatrical ritual that transformed the city into a stage and involved king and people alike as actors in a cosmic drama. It endured until a more neo-classical form replaced it in the late sixteenth century. This book examines the medieval civic triumph not primarily as a programme of political emblems, but rather as a theatrical ritual designed to inaugurate the sovereign into his reign. As th ... More

Keywords: civic triumph, royal entry, Advent liturgy, Middle Ages, theatrical ritual, pageantry, sovereign, reign, king, city gates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198117612
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117612.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon Kipling, author
University of California, Los Angeles