This paper analyses the functions of "decentralised courts", which would characterise Mediterranean Europe and would spread both in Spain and the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily. This experience is different from the socalled "centralised court" which would inspire Paris and Vienna instead. In Bourbon Europe, rituals and ceremonials - i.e. the year of the king, of the queen and of the court - would be held in limited and well identified places, namely between the royal palace and a number of royal sites. Hence, the metaphor of the Europe of "decentralised courts". This paper detects a fil rouge linking together the role and functions of royal palaces and royal sites with Bourbon political propaganda, made up of new ceremonials and rituals, such as horse-riding, hunting, cult for antiquities and archaeological sites, and the Grand Tour. These latter practices would take place in new private spaces of the king, that is the new spaces of power, which included the royal sites and ended up marginalizing royal palaces.
Keywords: "Decentralised courts"; Royal Sites; Bourbon Europe; rituals; ceremonial
Giuseppe Cirillo, Roberto Quirós Rosado, in "CHEIRON" 2/2017, pp. 11-70, DOI:10.3280/CHE2017-002002