Courting Power

Courting Power : Persuasion and Politics in the Early Thirteenth Century

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This text chronicles a change in epistolary persuasion in the 1230's, crystallized at the imperial chancery of Frederick II, Emperor from 1220-1250. There, traditional appeals, premised on authority and harmony, were challenged by letters in which historical circumstances functioned as an integral part of the strategy of persuasion. Based on the close reading of "Artes Dictandi", as well as a series of letters issued from the papal and imperial chanceries, this book explores the theory and practice of medieval letter-writing. Letters are evaluated as verbal acts intended to persuade, with the public as the ultimate arbiter of success. The author argues that the form, proportion and style of letters were contoured by more

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  • Paperback | 263 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 20mm | 320g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138864404
  • 9781138864405

Table of contents

Preface * Acknowledgments * Part 1: Background to the Question * Framing the Facts in Medieval Epistolary Theory * Persuasion and Reception * Pope vs. Emperor: The Issues of Contention Part 2: Persuasion and Power at the Papal Chancery * The Elevated Prose Style and Power at the Chancery of Innocent III * Harmony and Conflict at the Chancery of Honorius III * The Limits of Persuasion at the Chancery of Gregory IX Part 3: Persuasion and Resistance at the Imperial Chancery * The Emergence of a New Paradigm of Persuasion * Persuasion and teh Science of Nature at the Court of Frederick II * The Failure of Persuasion * Conclusion * Bibliography * Indexshow more

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