Courtly Culture: Literature and Society in the High Middle Ages

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Every aspect of "courtly culture" comes to life in Joachim Bumke's extraordinarily rich and well-documented presentation. A renowned medievalist with an encyclopedic knowledge of original sources and a passion for history, Bumke overlooks no detail, from the material realities of aristocratic society--the castles and clothing, weapons and transportation, food, drink, and table etiquette--to the behavior prescribed and practiced at tournaments, knighting ceremonies, and great princely feasts. The courtly knight ...
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Overview

Every aspect of "courtly culture" comes to life in Joachim Bumke's extraordinarily rich and well-documented presentation. A renowned medievalist with an encyclopedic knowledge of original sources and a passion for history, Bumke overlooks no detail, from the material realities of aristocratic society--the castles and clothing, weapons and transportation, food, drink, and table etiquette--to the behavior prescribed and practiced at tournaments, knighting ceremonies, and great princely feasts. The courtly knight and courtly lady, and the transforming idea of courtly love, are seen through the literature that celebrated them, and we learn how literacy among an aristocratic laity spread from France through Germany and became the basis of a cultural revolution. At the same time, Bumke clearly challenges those who have comfortably confused the ideals of courtly culture with their expression in courtly society.
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Well received when it was originally published in Germany in 1986, this classic study by Joachim Bumke (Univ. of Cologne) is a systematic review of the link between the literary and social culture of Germany in the 12th and 13th centuries. The focus is on the accuracy of the descriptions of festive society at court, specifically of the material culture and mannerisms, by medieval writers of epic and poetic literature. Bumke's book covers different ground with considerably greater detail than the more readable Richard J. Berleth's The Orphan Stone: The Minne singer Dream of Reich ( LJ 9/1/90), which describes the attempts by German medieval poets to influence the attitudes of their time. Addressed to readers with specialized knowledge, Bumke's book will appeal to students of German medieval literature and historians. The translation is good, though some typos are evident. Recommended for all collections of medieval literature. --Ingrid Schierling, Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Springs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585670512
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 770
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 1.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fiction and Reality 1
Everyday life and the feast day 1
Courtly society and modern scholarship 5
Literature as a historical source 7
The "Praise of Times Gone By" (Laudatio temporis acti) 14
An overview of the book 16
Chapter I Noble Society of the High Middle Ages: Historical Background 21
1. Basic Concepts of the Social Order 22
The law 22
Lordship 23
Estates 26
2. The Hierarchical Structure of Society 29
The king 29
The princes 31
The nonprincely nobility 32
The ministerials 33
The urban population 36
The rural population 38
3. The Economy 39
Economic developments 39
Trade and commerce 41
The economic foundation of lordship 43
4. The Knight and Knighthood 46
Ritter-miles-chevalier 46
Noble knighthood 49
The formation of the knightly class 50
5. The Court 52
Itinerant lordship and the formation of permanent residences 52
Court society 55
The word "hofisch" (courtly) 57
Chapter II The Adoption of French Aristocratic Culture in Germany 61
1. Society 61
Economic ties 61
The state of education 68
Dynastic connections 75
The adoption of French social forms 79
2. Language 82
Language skills 82
Loan words 85
3. Literature 88
The chronology and geography of the transmission of French literature 88
Courtly epics 92
Courtly lyric 96
The characteristics of the literary adaptation 99
Chapter III Material Culture and Social Style 103
1. Castles and Tents 103
The construction of castles and palaces in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries 103
The architecture of castles and palaces 108
Furnishings 112
Castles as instruments of lordship 121
Luxurious tents 126
2. Clothes and Cloth 128
Dress codes 128
The sources for the history of costume 130
Precious fabrics 132
Sartorial extravagance 134
The courtly ceremony of dress 136
The beginnings of courtly fashion 138
Women's clothes 140
Men's clothes 145
Changes in fashion 150
Criticism from the Church 152
3. Weapons and Horses 155
The history of armament 155
The main weapons of a knight 157
The social significance of weapons 164
The ceremony of knightly single combat 168
Horses 175
4. Food and Drink 178
Food for the nobility 178
The protocol of the courtly banquet 182
Seating arrangements 183
Service at table 187
Tableware 191
The organization of the meal 193
Courtesy books 196
Literature of feasting and carousing 199
Chapter IV Courtly Feasts: Protocol and Etiquette 203
1. Court Feasts 203
The court feast at Mainz in 1184 203
Feast and lordship 207
Lodging and food 210
The festive entrance 213
The ceremony of welcome 219
Courtly entertainment 220
Gifts 228
2. Knighting Ceremonies 231
Terminology and ceremony 231
The courtly ceremony of knighting 234
The role of the Church 239
From royal practice to mass promotion 242
3. Tournaments 247
The beginnings of tournaments 247
The mass tournament or melee 251
The buhurt 258
The single joust and the Round Table tournament 260
The military, social, material, and political significance of tournaments 264
Prohibitions and criticism of tournaments 271
Chapter V The Courtly Ideal of Society 275
1. The Chivalrous Knight 276
The traditional image of the ruler 276
The religious concept of knighthood (militia Christi) 290
Courtly virtues 301
Ideal and reality 311
2. The Courtly Lady 325
The new image of women 325
Instruction for women: Upbringing and education 337
The parameters of women's activities 346
3. Courtly Love 360
What is courtly love? 360
Love-marriage-adultery 377
Love and society 398
Chapter VI Criticism of Courtly Life 415
Chapter VII The Literary Scene of the Courtly Age 425
1. Oral Culture and Literacy in Courtly Society 426
Lay education 426
Oral traditions 436
The development of organized writing at the secular courts 441
2. Patrons and Sponsors 458
The imperial court as a literary center 459
The patronage of princes 470
The smaller courts 485
The beginnings of literary life in the cities 487
3. Author and Audience 488
The social standing of the poet 488
The courtly audience 506
The impact of literature 512
4. The Performance and Spread of Literature 518
Courtly epic 518
Courtly lyric 545
Notes 573
Glossary 679
Abbreviations 681
Bibliography 687
Index 747
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