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CRRS Friday Workshop: Rolf Strom-Olsen, “Constructing Political Narratives at the Burgundian Court: The Example of the Feast of the Pheasant (1454)”

January 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Vœu_du_faisan-Strom-OlsenPlease join us as we continue our series of CRRS Friday Workshops with a research presentation by Rolf Strom-Olsen. Dr. Strom-Olsen will be presenting research for an upcoming publication dealing with political strategies and narratives in fifteenth-century Burgundy.

The Feast of the Pheasant, a ceremony held in 1454 by the Burgundian Duke Philip the Good to launch a planned crusade to reconquer Constantinople, has long been regarded as one of the most extravagant moments of late medieval ceremony. However, a closer examination of the principal themes and iconography of the Feast shows how the ceremony was suffused with a political message consistent with other efforts by the Burgundian Valois to craft a basis for political legitimacy that stood outside feudal models. In this talk, several such themes will be examined to explain how an alternative mode of political legitimacy could be imagined on the threshold of the early modern era.
Rolf Strom-Olsen (Ph.D. Northwestern) is Associate Professor of Humanities at IE University in Madrid, director of their Humanities Centre, and a CRRS Visiting Fellow. He is the author of several articles on Burgundian political culture. He is also one of the co-organisers of this year’s annual CRRS conference, to be held 26-27 June 2014.


January 10, 2014
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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