Sacred/secular intersections in early-modern European ceremonial: Text, music, image and power

Date: 11 July 2016 to 13 July 2016

Organisateur : Conférence Le STUDIUM

Résumé : 

Most recent studies of early-modern festivals and ceremonies have, for the most part, focused on the urban processions which formed the most visible component of such events, and on their visual (decorations, emblems, ephemeral architecture), literary (printed accounts and festival books), and sometimes musical (fleeting descriptions of performances in the street or on a platform) dimensions. The liturgical and ecclesiastical facets to these ceremonies (and their associated music) have, however received much less attention: for the royal entrée in particular, the sacred – the ceremony in the cathedral that followed the procession through the city – arguably held just as much significance for contemporaries as the procession, even if the typical accounts published to commemorate such entrées glossed quickly over the events that occurred in the church. To be held as the culmination of a year-long Le STUDIUM project at the CESR, Tours (Louis XIII’s Paris and provincial entrées: music, liturgy and power, 1610-43) this conference takes as its starting point the sacred/secular divide (and the historical and historiographical problems it presents) and is intended to consider the early-modern festival as an event which may have actually occupied both spaces (and the liminal region between them) and to examine ways in which an exploration of this liminal region might enrich the understanding of scholars who approach the field from a wide variety of disciplines.


FROM: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
IN RESIDENCE AT: Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance, UMR  7323 Université François-Rabelais Tours

Pr Philippe Vendrix 
Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance, UMR  7323 Université François-Rabelais Tours

Invited speakers

Dr Marie-Claude Canova-Green, Goldsmiths College, University of London - UK

Pr Iain Fenlon, King’s College, University Of Cambridge - UK

Pr Bernard Dompnier, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand - France

Pr Stéphane Gomis, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand - France

Dr Thomas Leconte, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, CESR, UMR 7323 CNRS - France

Dr Michela Berti, Université de Liège - Belgique

Pr Thierry Favier, Université de Poitiers - France

Dr Rosa De Marco, Université de Liège - Belgique

Dr Caroline Heering, Université Catholique de Louvain - Belgique

Pr Judi Loach, Cardiff University - UK


Monday 11 July

Session 1. The nation and the sacred.

13H00    Welcome coffee registration

14H00    Opening

14H30    Thierry Favier
Sacred Music and Absolutism at the Time of Louis XIV : a Critical Assessment

15H20    Bernard Dompnier
La Saint-Louis sous le règne de Louis XIII, fête liturgique et fête nationale 

16H10    Coffee

16H30    Michela Berti
The religious festival and political power in Rome's national churches

18H30    Le STUDIUM  Public Lecture: Marie-Claude Canova-Green
La violence et le sacré dans l’entrée royale sous Louis XIII (1610-1643)

Tuesday 12 July

Session 2. Perspectives on the entrée

08H30    Opening

09H00    Marie-Claude Canova-Green
Dieu et le roi dans les entrees de Louis XIII

09H50    Peter Bennett: ‘Justice et Pieté’
Music, Liturgy, and Power in Louis XIII’s provincial entrées (1614-33)

10H40    Coffee

11H00    Stéphane Gomis
Les entrées épiscopales en France à l’époque moderne

12H00    Lunch

Session 3. Jesuit ceremonial

14H00    Caroline Heering
Entre magnificence et piété : les festivités jésuites dans les anciens Pays-Bas au cours de la première moitié du XVIIe siècle

14H50    Rosa de Marco
Fleurs d’orange et encens pour la gloire du roi dans les fêtes françaises de 1622

15H40    Coffee

16H00    Judi Loach
Sacred & Secular in provincial France: the Trinity Sunday festival in mid seventeenth-century Lyons

Wednesday 13 July

Session 4. Italian roots

08H30    Opening

09H00    Thomas Leconte
Entre religion et pouvoir à la cour de France : les cérémonies de l'ordre du Saint-Esprit

09H50    Iain Fenlon
Sacral legitimation and metaphors of rule in late sixteenth-century Italy

10H40    Conclusions 

11H00    Coffee