Medieval Worlds

Medieval Worlds : Barbarians, Heretics and Artists

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This book takes a broad, philosophical view of the Middle Ages. It shows how the barbaric vitality of the invaders of the Roman Empire was curbed and formalized in the routines of the High Middle Ages. It goes on to show how this closed intellectual system was broken down by the upsurge of heretical movements, and finally how the chaos and distress resultant upon this breakdown of the old system was redeemed by the flourishing of artistic virtuosity. The author is concerned in these essays to give the reader a perspective of the Middle Ages that will enlighten and inform his or her notions of present predicaments.show more

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  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 579g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • German
  • 0745607357
  • 9780745607351

Table of contents

Preface Part I: Interpreting Language 1. Barbarians, the History of a European Catchword 2. The History of Languages in the Flux of European Thought Part II: Interpreting Government 3. The Invention and Fission of the Public Persona Part III: Interpreting History 4. Universal Histories in the Middles Ages? 5. Historical Time in the Writings of Abelard Part IV: Religious Movements 6. Heretics and Hysteria 7. The Origins of the Witch Craze in the Alps Part V: Social Movements 8. Patron Saints in Medieval Society 9. Chivalric Life in the High Middle Ages Part VI: Intellectual Movements 10. Crisis and Reform in the Universities of the late Middle Ages Part VII: Experiences with Art 11. Women and Art in the Middle Ages 12. Science and Games Part VIII: Experiences with Mortality 13. Three Studies of Death in the Middle Ages 14. My Lifeshow more

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