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Moments Of Indecision, Sovereign Possibilities: Notes On The Tableau Vivant

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Probably the best known and still most widely read medieval knights tale of the Low Countries is Karel ende Elegast. The popularity of Karel ende Elegast, and the many variants that circulated throughout Europe, has many reasons. One reason may be the issue of the nature and constitution of Charles political sovereignty. In the course of the Middle Ages the moment of interruption in an oral story would contribute to the development of an independent genre: the tableau vivant, performed both inside and outside of the theatre. On average, tableaux vivants captured a charged moment in a well-known history. For Marsilius the development of the papacy is one long and exploitative process of illicit encroachment upon the civic sphere, both in the form of owning property and in the form of exercising coercive jurisdiction.

Keywords: coercive jurisdiction; Middle Ages; political sovereignty; tableaux vivants



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