Catholic Ruler, Protestant People. The Impact of the Reformation on Court and Civic Festivals in Early Modern Europe
Lecture by Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly (2018-2019 Paris IAS fellow) within the framework of the Society for Court Studies' seminar
Once the Reformation had divided prince and people, festivals often demonstrated this division. In this talk I discuss five festivals staged between 1541 and 1680 to illustrate the problems that could arise and the solutions adopted: an imperial entry into Nürnberg in 1541; the coronation of Maximilian II in Frankfurt in 1562; the entry of William I, Prince of Orange, into Ghent 1577; Louis XIII’s celebrations of his victory over the French Calvinists at La Rochelle; and the funeral of the Catholic Johann Friedrich, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, in 1680 in Lutheran Hannover.