Discours princier de l’émotion dans les Pays-Bas bourguignons à la fin du Moyen Âge

Autore: Laurent Smagghe
In: I libri di Viella. 128

The medieval ruler, whose body and behavior are carefully examined and commented, must obey the injunctions of an ideal habitus in which emotions have a substantial role to play and stand for a rulership practice (G. Althoff). The "good" prince embodies specific feelings and expressiveness which support the symbolic political communication. "Just Anger" and Love are particularly frequent in the contemporary sources, as they are the foundation of the relationship between the ruler and his people and justify the exercise of justice and revenge. More than a sign of sadness, tears may be activated in a pragmatic design. Weeping may appear as a relevant via media between transgressive anger and demonstrative pain. Thus, the prince is allowed to show emotion, but in a moderate and temporary way, to federate an "emotional community" around him.