Ceremony and security

The re-ordering is still waiting to be done because I have been looking into the contexts that might underscore Boeve’s victorious entry into Southampton. While we know there are no records of ludic activity extant before 1428, there are many records of monarch and their entourages passing through the port and even staying a night or two. The presence of minstrels in those entourages is entirely likely. The formal greeting of visiting monarchs by the burgesses also seems highly likely, especially if they were trying to curry favour, as was the case in 1153. At such an early period we should not perhaps any elaborate ‘royal entry’, although the adventus – a welcome and procession to church or royal lodging would surely have demonstrated loyalty as well as demonstrating to the monarch the worth (in all senses) of his burgesses. It’s amazing what one line in the poem can trigger!

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