Citation Damen M, Haemers J & Mann AJ (eds.) (2018) Political Representation: Communities, Ideas and Institutions in Europe, c.1200-c.1690. Later Mediaeval Europe, 15. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. https://brill.com/view/title/34694
Abstract This is a scholarly collection on representation in mediaeval and early modern Europe which opens up the field of institutional and parliamentary history to new paradigms of representation across a wide geography and chronology – as testified by the volume’s studies on assemblies ranging from Burgundy and Brabant to Ireland and Italy. The focus is on three areas: institutional developments of representative institutions in Western Europe; the composition of these institutions concerning interest groups and individual participants; and the ideological environment of representatives in time and space. By analysing the balance between bottom-up and top-down approaches to the functioning of institutions of representation; by studying the actors behind the representative institutions linking for prosopographical research with changes in political dialogue; and by exploring the ideological world of representation, this volume makes a key contribution to the historiography of pre-modern government and political culture.