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Joyous Entry

Ferdinand Receives the Keys of the City from the Virgin of Ghent, print after a painting made by Antoon van den Heuvel for the Joyous Entry by the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand into Ghent in 1635
The Joyous Entry of John of Austria into Brussels, 1 May 1577. Print from 'The Wars of Nassau' by W. Baudartius, Amsterdam 1616.

A Joyous Entry (Blijde Intrede, Blijde Inkomst, or Blijde Intocht in Dutch, Joyeuse Entrée in French) was a local name used for the royal entry — the first official peaceable visit of a reigning monarch, prince, duke or governor into a city — mainly in the Duchy of Brabant or the County of Flanders and occasionally in France, Luxembourg or Hungary, usually coinciding with recognition by the monarch of the rights or privileges to the city, and sometimes accompanied by an extension of them.[1][2][3][4]


  • Ceremonial reception 1
  • Charter of liberties 2
  • Some notable Joyous Entries 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Ceremonial reception

A Joyous Entry is a particular form of, and title for, the general phenomenon of ceremonial entries into cities by rulers or their representatives, which were celebrated with enormous pageantry and festivities throughout Europe from at least the late Middle Ages on. The leading artists available designed temporary decorated constructions such as triumphal arches, groups of musicians and actors performed on stands at which the procession halted, the houses on the processional route decorated themselves with hangings, flowers were thrown, and fountains flowed with wine. The custom began in the Middle Ages and continued until the French Revolution, although less often in Protestant counties after the Reformation. A formal first visit to a city by an inheritor of the throne of Belgium upon his accession and since 1900 for a crown prince upon his marriage, is still referred to as a "Joyous Entry", a reminder of this tradition of the rule of law.[5][6]

Charter of liberties

In the Duchy of Brabant the term Joyous Entry was also applied to the charter of liberties that a new ruler was obliged to swear to uphold upon their formal first reception, dating back to the Joyous Entry of 1356. One of the functions of the Council of Brabant was to ensure that new legislation did not contravene or abrogate the liberties established in the Joyous Entry.[7]

Some notable Joyous Entries


  1. ^ Joyeuse EntréeEncyclopaedia Britannica —
  2. ^ a b c thesis submitted by Deanna MacDonald, Department of Art History and Archaeology, McGilf University, MontrealMargaret of Austria and Brou: Habsburg Political Patronage in SavoyBell & Hawell Information and Leaming: (pdf file)
  3. ^ a b c University of Leiden: Self-Representation of Court and City in Flanders and Brabant in the Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries, by Wim Blockmans & Esther Donckers (pdf file)
  4. ^ by Thomas Colley GrattanHolland, The History of the NetherlandsThe Project Gutenberg EBook
  5. ^ Museum of the World Ocean — The thirtieth anniversary of the international conferences (schools) for marine geology
  6. ^ (Dutch) Nieuwsbank interactief Nederlands persbureau
  7. ^ D. De Stobbeleir, "Verzet tegen de hervormingen van Jozef II en de staatsgreep van 18 juni 1789", tr. M. Erkens, in Doorheen de nationale geschiedenis (State Archives in Belgium, Brussels, 1980), pp. 262–267.
  8. ^ CRW Flags — Brabant (Former province, Belgium)
  9. ^ (Dutch) (Language site by the official public TV broadcaster)Blijde
  10. ^ a b c (Dutch) , by W.P. BlockmansVlaanderen 1384–1482University of Leiden: (pdf file)
  11. ^ (Dutch) (The Hungarian Sacred Crown)De Hongaarse heilige kroonDissertations University of Groningen: (pdf file)
  12. ^ a b c presentation of a university conference, see: , October 7–8 2005 (draft) by Marc Boone (University of Ghent)The political culture of the revolt of the Netherlands, 1566–1648LA Williams Andrews Clark Library Conference
  13. ^ , by Ruth PutnamCharles the Bold, Last Duke of BurgundyThe Project Gutenberg EBook
  14. ^ "whips and angels, Painting on Cloth in the Mediaeval Period" by Barbara Gordon
  15. ^ a b (Dutch)[series Joos De Rijcke: Margaretha van Oostenrijk of van Savoye, mentioning sources DEBAE 1987, Kocken 1981, DE IONGH 1981]
  16. ^ (Dutch) by Sabine AlexanderStad in vorstelijke vrouwenhanden – Mechelse Margareta’sTertio, Christian weekly journal, 297 p. 11 – 2005-10-19:
  17. ^ University of Utrecht – C.M.M.E. — A Choirbook for Henry VIII and his Sisters ed. Theodor Dumitrescu
  18. ^ , republished Amsterdam 2003, Editor: Karin TilmansDe Divisiekroniek van 1517 (pdf file)
  19. ^ a b Festivals in Valois FranceBritish Library —
  20. ^ "Kuyper,W. The Triumphant Entry of Renaissance architecture into the Netherlands. The Joyeuse Entrée of Philip of Spain into Antwerp in 1549. Renaissance and Mannerist architecture in the Low Countries from 1530 to 1630, Alphen aan de Rijn, 1994."
  21. ^ Bussels, S. "The Antwerp Entry of Prince Philip in 1549. Rhetoric, Performance and Power", Amsterdam - New York, 2012.
  22. ^ Opposition to Philip and Cardinal Granvelle in the Netherlands, part 2, chapter 2 Duchess Margaret IAmerican Presbyterian Church:
  23. ^ by Martin Hume, of the Royal Spanish AcademySpain under Philip IIUniversity of Mannheim site: The Cambridge Modern History, planned by Lord Acton, ed. by Adolphus W. Ward. Cambridge: Univ. Press volume III, chapter XV
  24. ^ (Dutch) municipality of Willebroek, Flanders, Belgium: history Belgium and the Netherlands, year 1578
  25. ^ Catholic University of Leuven, Justus Lipsius: Philologist, Philosopher and Political Theorist
  26. ^ site of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula (Brussels) — National events
  27. ^ a b (Dutch) , Justus de Harduwijn, edition O. Dambre, p. 11, 12De weerliicke liefden tot Roose-monddbnl (digital library for Dutch literature), Leiden:
  28. ^ Albert & Isabella's Virtual Tour – Joyous Entry
  29. ^ "Entry of the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand into the city of Antwerp in I635" A lost oil scetch by Rubens rediscovered: JSTOR
  30. ^ Ferdinand Receives the Keys of the City from the Virgin of Ghent at the Rijksmuseum (Dutch)
  31. ^ Luxembourg Medals – 1891. Grand Duke Adolphe and Grand Duchess Adelheid

External links

  • Festival Books online from the British Museum – records of these and similar occasions
  • Festival books, mostly German from HAB Wolfenbüttel
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