"This kingdom which you entirely dispose of as your own." Symbolic, performative, and theatrical practices in Franco-Habsburg diplomacy from the Ladies' Peace at Cambrai in 1529 to Charles V’s journey through France in 1539-1540.

01 November 2020 → Ongoing
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Cultural history
    • Early modern history
    • European history
    • Political history
Franco-Habsburg relationships performance and soft power international relations early modern history
Project description

This research studies Franco-Habsburg relations in the 1530s from the broad perspectives of New Diplomatic History. A multilayered analysis of pamphlets, letters and accounts shows the importance of symbolic imagery for Charles V, Francis I and their representatives during splendid mutual encounters. (Non-)verbal communication, spectacles, arts and gifts all contributed to the soft power of the sovereigns.