Need a Reference
Is anyone out there familiar with literature on the importance of ritual and performance of political ceremony? I'm looking for a couple of basic things that I know are out there, but I have brain fry at the moment. Here's what I'm doing -- writing a review. Book's author asserts that modern historians underestimate the importance of ceremony (for examply, a noble prostrating himself before the emperor as part of officially making peace in order to both show his submission and to place the emperor in the position of almost having to grant clementia). Without totally blowing my pseudonymity, the book is on one of the early-ish non-Carolingian and non-Byzantine emperors. I can see that the author might be totally correct in terms of the historiography of the area in question, but I could swear there's stuff out there for Carolingian Francia (especially in the West) and for the Capetians, at least. Heaven knows I've been teaching that this is the case in the Early MA for ages ... (I'm thinking of the chrenecruda, Rollo the Gangler doing homage to Charles the simple (actually, any homage ceremony) ... oh hell -- is this in something easy, like Ganshof ...? ) Which book (now that I've upended my coffee all over my lap, chair, and floor and just missed my computer looking for it) is clearly at home. Damn.
to clarify: I did not mean to imply that the chrenecruda was Carolingian. Just Frankish. And I have no idea if it appears elsewhere. And honestly, I'm pretty sure I don't get the nuances of that particular ritual myself.