Dossier to be published in CHDJ 2022, Vol. 11, No. 2


Processions and Royal Entries in the Petrification of Space during the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

Ana Rodríguez & Mercedes García-Arenal (coordinators)


Late medieval and early modern urban celebrations have attracted academic attention in recent decades, particularly in terms of their ritual and ceremonial culture. Less attention, however, has been paid to processions as spatial phenomena, or to the specific practices and networks related to space in the construction of communities. Yet an understanding of these diverse modes of spatial organization is crucial for a better grasp on how religious, civil and royal control of such ceremonies functioned, and how a network of buildings demarcated itineraries that in turn set boundaries and demonstrated influence. The articles gathered here, very varied in time and space and approached from different academic disciplines, scrutinize processional topography in different cultural and religious contexts as acts of power, as well as the role of architecture in ceremonies that combine sacred and profane elements as a stage for symbolic communication.


Procession of Queen Isobel of Bavaria as she enters the city of Paris. Chroniques de Froissart © British Library: Harley 4379, f. 3, c. 1470.