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Between Silences: The Coronation of Portuguese Medieval Kings (12th–14th Centuries)

IEM-Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1099-085 Lisboa, Portugal
Arts 2020, 9(4), 109;
Received: 4 August 2020 / Revised: 15 October 2020 / Accepted: 15 October 2020 / Published: 29 October 2020
The coronations of Portugal’s first dynasty constitute a complex topic. Approaching the theme requires understanding that an omission of words in written documentation can both affirm and deny possibilities. Likewise, visual documentation, such as illuminations, sculptures and other figurative arts, is scarce, raising a significant number of questions and thus is not trustworthy as a historical source. For this reason, the study of Portuguese coronations is filled with questions and silences. Art does not testify to these ceremonies, but shows that Portuguese kings valued regalia pertaining to both religious and secular ceremonies affirming their power, and that those insignias were different from those used by French or English kings in the same time period. In this study, I will use art, particularly funerary sculpture, but also objects with iconographic value, to demonstrate how these reflect elements of thought and the emotional pulsar of the various European societies that produced them. View Full-Text
Keywords: Portuguese kings; coronation; tomb sculpture; statues; regaliae; cathedral Portuguese kings; coronation; tomb sculpture; statues; regaliae; cathedral
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Varela Fernandes, C. Between Silences: The Coronation of Portuguese Medieval Kings (12th–14th Centuries). Arts 2020, 9, 109.

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