Advertisement Hide. Front Matter Pages i-xxii. Heloise the Abbess: The Expansion of the Paraclete. Pages Authenticity Revisited. And lastly in this section, they said it would never happen; several people died in the course of trying to do it; it has been complicated by two world wars, international tension and the Iron Curtain, to say nothing of funding and staffing troubles, but it is done: the charters of Emperor Louis the Pious are published at last.
Do have a look! This gallery contains 6 photos. Posted on 17 January The William Longsword in question, you see, was none other than King William II, otherwise known as William Rufus, but that is not what Eadmer, otherwise better known as biographer of Archbishop Anselm of Canterbury, calls him.
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Click through for the MS, however. Note his portrayal as a supporter of the Church…. This is not to say that Eadmer liked William II at all; he has many terrible things to say about the king who supposedly forced his patron archbishop into morally-justified exile.
This is the axe which John sees Eadmer a-grinding. For example, it is often suggested that William Rufus was gay , an idea which largely stems from accusations levelled by Church writers of sodomy at his court. Leaving aside the very broad way in which medieval writers could use that word, this turns out to come from Eadmer, although in reporting these evil stories he does say that they were untrue.
But somehow it is the stories which Eadmer denies, though still reporting, which have stuck even among modern historians.
Vernacular literature is usually positive and he seems to have enjoyed especial popularity in Normandy, perhaps just by not being his grim Crusader brother Robert Curthose but still: Orderic Vitalis, despite his other attacks, has a story about William landing in Normandy and spontaneous parades of people forming to run alongside his horse, cheering. Posted in England , Institutions. An experience that I have now and again with the number of seminars and conferences to which I go is that I find somebody speaking or present whom I know from reading lists and bibliographies but had no idea was still active in research.
Working with a number of these documents, Dr Birrell was looking at how that kind of labour was managed across the English high Middle Ages. On the occasions when everyone was called in, such work which was fairly unwilling, as all these householders had their own plots to harvest or sheep to shear too was often watched over by overseers from the lowest levels of the nobility, and that was fairly straightforwardly coercive, but as the title shows the peasants themselves could be relied on to an extent to drive their fellows, or rather their immediate lessers, by force too.
Firstly, the mere existence of these custumals shows that the peasants were under no illusions about who the big boss was; they may well have negotiated with the yardlanders too but the abbey was the guarantor and more-or-less grudging grantor of all their rights, greater and lesser. That seems to me to leave space to appeal against or demand reduction of over-mighty intermediaries.
Leave a comment. Some of the sticky posts are unstuck and the seminar report backlog is back under a year again, this all seems like progress. End and beginning of two of the texts in the Simeon Manuscript, otherwise known as London, British Library Additional MS , here showing the lower part of fo. This was the early part of an enquiry that had begun with a different manuscript, Oxford, Bodleian Library, Eng. This is a huge, page and 22 kilo, compilation of Middle English literature, totalling texts including things familiar from many an English syllabus like The Prik of Conscience , The Ancrene Riwle and Piers Plowman as well as, obviously, quite a lot more, and lavishly decorated to boot.
Its details are here. But scribal dialect was where Professor Scase had got interested, because it raises many kinds of question about copying.
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Paris : Flammarion, c Description Book — lxxviii, p. D83 Available. Art and society in the Middle Ages . English Duby, Georges. Summary Introduction. From the Fifth to the Tenth Century.
He traces the evolution of artistic forms from the fifth to the fifteenth century in parallel with the structural development of society, in order to create a better understanding of both. Duby traces shifts in the centres of artistic production and changes in the nature and status of those who promoted works of art and those who produced them.
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At the same time, he emphasizes the crucial continuities that still gave the art of medieval Europe a basic unity, despite the emergence of national characteristics. Duby also reminds us that the way we approach these artistic forms today differs greatly from how they were first viewed. For us, they are works of art from which we expect and derive aesthetic pleasure: but for those who commissioned them or made them, their value was primarily functional - gifts offered to God, communications with the other world, or affirmations of power - and this remained the case throughout the Middle Ages.
This book will be of interest to students and academics in medieval history and history of art. D Unknown. Rural economy and country life in the medieval West . Philadelphia, Pa. Description Book — xix, p. Summary In , Georges Duby wrote what is still the best overview of European medieval rural history to date. Originally published in French and first translated into English in , "Rural Economy and Country Life in the Medieval West" brings together local research on the countryside and its economic life and distills from it lessons that apply much more widely.
With this edition, the University of Pennsylvania Press brings this modern classic back into print. D In-library use. Paris : Ed. D8 Unknown. Women of the twelfth century [ - ]. Oxford : Polity, Description Book — v. Part I: Serving the Dead: 1. The dead with the house 2.
Women and the dead. Writing about the dead. Remembering women. Part II: Wives and concubines: 1. The genealogy of a eulogy. The trouble with women. The context.
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The witness. Mother goddesses. The couple. Mary Magdalen. Soredamors and Fenice. The Sins of Women. The Fall. Speaking to Women. From these genealogical works a picture emerges of the lives these women led, the values they held, and the way in which they were viewed by the ecclesiastical and chivalric writers who immortalized them. The first section of the text outlines the ways in which the dead - in both memory and legend - served to bond noble society in the 12th century, Drawing on the "Gesta" by Dudo of Saint Quentin, the second section reflects on the roles that wives, concubines, and other women played during times of war and in the great exchanges of power that established the grand lineages of the Middle Ages.
The final part of the book reconstructs women as wives, mothers and widows through the work of Lambert, Priest of Ardres. Focusing on medieval notions of women and love, the author studies women's biographies and analyzes how female characters were treated in fable and legend, pointing to the social and political forces at work in these representations.
The historical personages include Eleanor of Aquitane, whose several marriages brought her wealth and autonomy; the virtuous Heloise; and the visionary Juette. The book also considers the literary figures of St Marie-Madeleine, a composite figure who personified the essential female traits of frailty, ardent love and evangelicism; Iseult, literary beloved of Tristan; and two other emblematic figures, Doree d'Amour and Phenix - women who became ladies through chivalrous love.
The book seeks to offer new insights on courtly love and the representations of women under medieval patriarchy. Georges Duby bases his account here on a twelfth-century genre which commemorated the virtues of noblewomen who had died, and the roles they had played in the history of their lineage.
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From these genealogical works a vivid picture emerges of the lives these women led, the values they held, and the way in which they were viewed by the priest and knights who wrote about them. The first section outlines the way in which the dead, and the memory and tales of the dead, served to bond noble society in the twelfth century. The second draws on the Gesta, written by Dudo of Saint Quentin, and reflects on what it tells us about the roles ascribed to wives and concubines and women, in war and in power.
The third and final section reconstructs women as wives, mothers and widows through the work of Lambert, Priest of Ardres. This book is part of a three-volume work on women in the Middle Ages. It will be of great interest to students and researchers in medieval history, social history and women's history. By the twelfth century, the Church had begun to take the role and expectations of women seriously, and the clerical writings discussed in this work address the particular issues that emerged from this development.
In the first chapter, 'The Sins of Women', Duby concentrates on the sins deemed to be particular to women amongst others these include sorcery, disobedience, and licentiousness and focuses especially on the male fear of female sexuality and magic. The second chapter is based on twelfth-century commentaries on the chapters in Genesis dealing with Eve's role in the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden. Interpreting these writings, and the earlier writings upon which they were based, Duby shows how they reflect the reasoning behind the view held of women as unstable, curious, and frivolous creatures.