Historical Anthropology of the Middle Ages
This book demonstrates the breadth of Gurevich's work and his ability to synthesize historical, anthropological and semiotic approaches to culture. Informed by the history of mentalities as practised by the French school of Le Goff and Duby, his broader view of European culture leads him to reconstruct a richer and more varied tapestry of civilization and everyday life.In this volume, Gurevich discusses a range of topics including practices of gift exchange in Scandinavia, the deities and heroes of Germanic poetry and the image of the Beyond in the Middle Ages.
- Hardback | 264 pages
- 152 x 229mm | 539g
- 04 Jun 1992
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Translator's Introduction. Preface. 1. Historical Anthropology and the Science of History. 2. Medieval Culture and Mentality According to the New French Historiography. 3. Oral and Written Culture of the Middle Ages. 4. Perceptions of the Individual and the Hereafter in the Middle Ages. 5. The West Portal of the Church of St Lazaire in Autun. 6. Saga and History. 7. The Tale of Thorstein Goose-Pimples, the Underworld and Icelandic Humour. 8. On Heroes, Things, Gods and Laughter in Germanic Poetry. 9. Wealth and Gift-Bestowal among the Ancient Scandinavians. 10. Edda and Law. 11. Semantics of the Medieval Community.