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

July 11, 2016 - July 13, 2016

Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR)
59 Rue Néricault Destouches
37000 Tours


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


Monday 11 July

Session 1. The nation and the sacred.

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

Partners of the event