Peter Bennett, Associate Professor of Musicology and Head of Historical Performance Practice, has just published an edited collection of essays with Classiques-Garnier in Paris. Growing out of a 2015-16 research fellowship that Bennett held at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours, the volume (co-edited with Bernard Dompnier of the University of Clermont-Ferrand) brings together contributions originally presented at an interdisciplinary conference organized by Bennett in Tours in 2016 that explored the intersection between sacred and secular ceremonial in early modern Europe.
Cérémonial politique et cérémonial religieux dans l’Europe modern: Échanges et métissages (originally Sacred/Secular Intersections in early Modern Europe: Text, Music, Image, and Power)
Based in Tours with his family, Bennett’s own project involved research in libraries and archives across France in an attempt to understand the role that music and liturgy played in the ceremonial entries that Louis XIII made during the 1620s into cities and towns across the nation as he struggled to maintain his power. Much of this research will appear in his latest book, Music and Power at the Court of Louis XIII: Sounding the Liturgy in Early Modern France, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in March 2021.