Regna and Gentes: The Relationship Between Late Antique and Early Medieval Peoples and Kingdoms in the Transformation of the Roman World

Within the study on "The transformation of the Roman world" particularly little realization has been paid to the transformation of early medieval peoples and the advance in their groups into kingdoms, and we lack a comparative research in this topic. the purpose of this quantity is, for that reason, to envision the connection among gens and regnum by way of systematically evaluating the "Germanic" and non-Germanic successor states of the Roman Empire, a question that ends up in very important effects in regards to the position of ethnic techniques and of political advancements within the formation of the hot kingdoms.

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Women's Power in Late Medieval Romance (Studies in Medieval Romance)

By Amy N. Vines

The cultural and social energy of girls within the heart a while could be difficult to track, with proof for it scarce. This e-book argues that medieval romances offer a critical, yet under-explored, resource for and examples of such authority. through reassessing the impact exerted by way of girl characters, in a spectrum that incorporates either highbrow and chivalric reduction and, now and again, patronage, it considers how they functioned as versions of cultural, highbrow, and social authority in medieval literary texts. as well as examples set by means of the relations connections, socio-political networks, and textual groups within which they lived, this learn argues that ladies additionally realized equipment of impression from the books they learn. In texts like Troilus and Criseyde and Partonope of Blois, the feminine reader encounters an specific demonstration of the way a woman`s highbrow and monetary assets can be utilized. The literary representations of women's cultural energy divulge a continuum of impression from non-material results to fabric sway within the medieval patronage approach, a power frequently unacknowledged in strictly old and extra-literary resources. Amy N. Vines is Assistant Professor within the division of English, collage of North Carolina-Greensboro.

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The Penguin Atlas of Medieval History

By Colin McEvedy

The following in 40 maps, every one with its personal distinct observation, is the tale of the nice nomadic conquerors: Huns, Avars, Mongols, and Turks; of Europe's final pagans, the Vikings, and their Christian offspring, the Normans; of Caliphs and Crusaders, Popes and Emperors; of the beginning of the powers of at the present time. this can be a reference ebook which gives the framework for these fragments of historical past we know yet can't position in context.

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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture, Volumes 1-3

By Joyce Salisbury, Nancy Sullivan

The interval we all know because the center a long time, approximately the years 400-1400, observed the formation of rules and associations that mark glossy societies. advancements as disparate because the beginning of Islam and the emergence of the center type happened in this pivotal millennium. even if ancient learn of the center a while has typically eager about Western Europe, glossy historians realize the complicated worldwide nature of this period. For all significant global areas, this three-volume paintings deals in-depth essays on wide subject matters, brief entries on particular issues, and thoroughly chosen basic records to assist readers extra totally comprehend this severely very important period.

Edited by way of Joyce Salisbury, who's basic editor of the award-winning Greenwood Encyclopedia of day-by-day Life, and written via Professor Salisbury and a sequence of renowned historians with local services, Greenwood Encyclopedia of worldwide Medieval existence and Culture contains 3 volumes masking the subsequent components of the globe:

Volume 1:Europe and the Americas

Volume 2: Islam and Africa

Volume three: Asia and Oceania

Each nearby part includes seven in-depth essays overlaying the subsequent wide subject matters and concluding with bibliographies of vital and present details assets: ancient review of the sector, faith, financial system, the humanities, Society, technology and know-how, and worldwide Ties. the worldwide Ties essays hint the political, social, financial, non secular, technological, or advertisement connections that existed among the quarter less than dialogue and the other international areas throughout the center a while. every one local part additionally encompasses a sequence of short entries masking humans, occasions, advancements, and ideas pointed out within the in-depth essays.

Examples of access issues contain the subsequent: Berbers, Emperor Harsha, Ethiopian Christianity, Flowery struggle, Footbinding, Hildegard of Bingen, Jainism, Jihad, Maya cave in, Neo-Confucianism, Romanesque, and Sharia.

A sequence of sidebars in every one part will offer lists, graphs, charts, and different worthwhile information when it comes to the sector. every one part can also be illustrated and should contain a variety of fascinating basic records that extra illustrate the most issues addressed within the in-depth essays. Cross-references in the sections and an in depth topic index also will support readers entry details within the essays and brief entries.

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A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom (Pivotal Moments in World History)

By Mark Gregory Pegg

In January of 1208, a papal legate used to be murdered at the banks of the Rhone in southern France. A livid Pope blameless III accused heretics of the crime and known as upon all Christians to exterminate heresy among the Garonne and Rhone rivers--a mammoth area referred to now as Languedoc--in an outstanding campaign. This such a lot holy conflict, the 1st within which Christians have been promised salvation for killing different Christians, lasted twenty bloody years--it used to be a protracted savage conflict for the soul of Christendom.
In A such a lot Holy War, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this awful campaign, drawing partially on millions of stories gathered by way of inquisitors within the years 1235 to 1245. those debts of standard women and men, remembering what it was once prefer to pass though such brutal occasions, deliver the tale vividly to lifestyles. Pegg argues that generations of historians (and novelists) have misunderstood the campaign; they assumed it used to be a struggle opposed to the Cathars, the main recognized heretics of the center a long time. The Cathars, Pegg unearths, by no means existed. He extra exhibits how a millennial fervor approximately "cleansing" the area of heresy, coupled with a terror that Christendom used to be being eaten clear of inside through heretics who regarded no varied than different Christians, made the battles, sieges, and massacres of the campaign virtually apocalyptic of their merciless depth. In responding to this worry with a holy genocidal battle, blameless III essentially replaced how Western civilization handled members accused of corrupting society. This primary swap, Pegg argues, led on to the production of the inquisition, the increase of an anti-Semitism devoted to the violent removal of Jews, or even the holy violence of the Reconquista in Spain and within the New international within the 15th century. All derive their divinely sanctioned slaughter from the Albigensian Crusade.
Haunting and immersive, A such a lot Holy War opens a massive new standpoint on a very pivotal second in global heritage, a primary and far away foreshadowing of the genocide and holy violence within the smooth world.

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The Flower of Paradise: Marian Devotion and Secular Song in Medieval and Renaissance Music

By David J. Rothenberg

There's a extraordinary similarity among Marian devotional songs and secular love songs of the overdue center a while and Renaissance. disparate genres--one sacred, the opposite secular; one Latin, the opposite vernacular--both compliment an idealized, impossibly virtuous girl. every one does so via hugely stylized derivations of conventional medieval track forms--Marian prayer derived from past Gregorian chant, and love songs and lyrics from medieval courtly tune. but regardless of their noticeable similarities, the 2 musical and poetic traditions have not often been studied jointly. writer David J. Rothenberg takes in this activity with extraordinary luck, generating an invaluable and extensive creation to Marian track and liturgy, after which coupling that with an incisive comparative research of those devotional varieties and the phrases and song of secular love songs of the interval.

The Flower of Paradise examines the interaction of Marian devotional and secular poetics inside polyphonic song from ca. 1200 to ca. 1500. via case experiences of works that display a selected symbolic resonance among Marian devotion and secular music, the e-book illustrates the specified ethos of this era in eu tradition. Rothenberg uses a magnificent command of liturgical and spiritual reports, literature and poetry, and paintings heritage to craft a research with broad software throughout disciplinary obstacles. With its vast scope and distinctive, incisive research, this ebook will open up new methods of puzzling over the background and improvement of secular and sacred track and the Marian culture for students, scholars, and a person with an curiosity in medieval and Renaissance spiritual culture.

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Medieval Art: A Topical Dictionary

Designed as a quick-reference resource to the subjects, symbols, topics, and tales most often present in early Christian, western medieval, and Byzantine artwork, this paintings describes subject matters that come with names and narratives drawn from the Bible and apocrypha, the lives of saints, and various different textual assets. Authors whose works have been usually illustrated or who have been influential at the visible arts are taken care of, as are chosen artwork historic phrases and occasions of value for the humanities. Cross-references alert readers to exchange titles and similar subject matters, and nearly all of entries cite a pictorial instance. those are keyed to straightforward texts for simple viewing entry. The dictionary starts with Aaron and ends with Zoomorphic Decoration.

This dictionary specializes in the medieval interval and the particular ways that the themes and emblems referenced within the paintings developed and built in the course of the center a while, leading to a different evaluate of the evolution, improvement, reputation, and alterations that happened in medieval creative iconography. The advent offers chronological, thematic, and bibliographic surveys to complement the five hundred person entries; the bibliography directs the readers to extra specified reviews. The paintings additionally contains names and themes no longer regularly present in paintings reference assets, for instance, authors whose works have been often illustrated, or who have been influential at the visible arts, and historic occasions of importance for the arts.

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The Late Medieval Age of Crisis and Renewal, 1300-1500: A Biographical Dictionary (The Great Cultural Eras of the Western World)

As a part of a different sequence protecting the grand sweep of Western civilization from historical to give instances, this biographical dictionary offers introductory details on 315 major cultural figures of past due medieval and early glossy Europe. Taking a cultural process now not normally present in common biographical dictionaries, the paintings comprises literary, philosophical, inventive, army, spiritual, humanistic, musical, financial, and exploratory figures. Political figures are integrated provided that they patronized the humanities, and insurance specializes in their cultural impression. Figures from western ecu international locations, reminiscent of Italy, France, England, Iberia, the Low international locations, and the Holy Roman Empire predominate, yet outlying components corresponding to Scotland, Scandinavia, and jap Europe also are represented.

Late medieval Europe used to be an age of hindrance. With the Papacy got rid of to Avignon, the schism within the Catholic Church shook the very center of medieval trust. The Hundred Years' battle devastated France. The Black demise decimated the inhabitants. but out of this predicament grew an age of renewal, resulting in the Renaissance. the good Italian city-states constructed. Humanism reawakened curiosity within the cultures of old Greece and Rome. Dante and Boccaccio all started writing of their Tuscan vernacular. Italian artists grew to become humanists and flourished. because the genius of Italy begun spreading to northern and western Europe on the finish of the fifteenth century, the age of renewal used to be accomplished. This publication presents thorough uncomplicated details at the significant cultural figures of this tumultuous period of trouble and renewal.

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