Courting Power: Persuasion and Politics in the Early Thirteenth Century [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Courting Power: Persuasion and Politics in the Early Thirteenth Century

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Overview

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 ideology.
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Chronicles a significant deviation in epistolary persuasion in the 1230s which crystallized at the imperial chancery of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor from 1220 to 1250. The author explores the theory and practice of medieval letter-writing as at once conservative, cognizant of its own traditions, yet receptive to the influence of other spheres of intellectual activity<-->whether spiritual, legal, scientific, or political. She argues that the form, proportion, and style of the letters were contoured by ideology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134827336
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/21/2013
  • Series: Garland Studies in Medieval Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 262
  • File size: 308 KB

Table of Contents

General Editors' Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Background to the Question 1
1 Framing the Facts in Medieval Epistolary Theory 3
2 Persuasion and Reception 33
3 Pope vs. Emperor: The Issues of Contention 57
Pt. 2 Persuasion and Power at the Papal Chancery 75
4 Elevated Prose Style and Power at the Chancery of Innocent III 77
5 Harmony and Conflict at the Chancery of Honorius III 95
6 Limits of Persuasion at the Chancery of Gregory IX 115
Pt. 3 Persuasion and Resistance at the Imperial Chancery 135
7 Emergence of a New Paradigm of Persuasion 137
8 Persuasion and the Science of Nature at the Court of Frederick II 157
9 The Failure of Persuasion 189
Conclusion 211
Bibliography 215
Index 235
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