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Celebrating Christmas and Easter is as close as many people these days will get to religious festivities, but in the later Middle Ages ceremonies and festive celebrations were an integral part of social life.
Dr Andrew Brown’s current research involves digging through unpublished archives to produce a general history about the city of Bruges, in Flanders. In particular, Dr Brown is focusing on the huge investment that citizens and city councils made in religious processions during the 14th and 15th centuries. Why were so many celebrations held and what was their purpose?
The wider perspective of Dr Brown’s research involves examining how cities function in general, and what the relationships might be between religion and social life, and between cultural practices and the exercise of power. Ceremonies still exist and city councils across the world continue to invest heavily in cultural events: do they still perform the same functions today as they did in the past? Or is late medieval Europe a ‘”oreign country” where things are done very differently?
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016