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Ceremonial

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The Ceremoniale was the typological culmination of the ordinaries, at the meeting of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (15th-16th cc.). Like the ordinary, the Ceremonial was a book...

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Charles the Bald

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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Frankish leader, born ad 823, youngest son of Louis the Pious. King of the West Franks who outlived his brothers and many of their heirs to become emperor in ad...

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Charles VI

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(1380–1422) Afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia since age 23, Charles illustrated the dangers inherent in the French concept of kingship: he ruled with full power and was kept from...

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Civil office, official

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

“To our officials is given, under our authority the direction of the acts by which are policed and maintained the public affairs of our realm of which they are the ...

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Liturgical Books

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

In the Middle Ages, liturgical books were used in the exercise of worship (mass, office, sacraments) by different ministers of the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Before the period during which...

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prompter

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

Person responsible for supplying the necessary ‘next line’ to an actor who has forgotten his part—a function assumed in the Elizabethan theatre by the book-holder. The prompter attends all...

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