Courting Power: Persuasion and Politics in the Early Thirteenth Century

Courting Power: Persuasion and Politics in the Early Thirteenth Century

by Laurie Shepard
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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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ISBN-13:
9781134827336
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/21/2013
Series:
Garland Studies in Medieval Literature
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
262
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