Courtly Culture: Literature and Society in the High Middle Ages

Courtly Culture: Literature and Society in the High Middle Ages

by Joachim Bumke
     
 

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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,… See more details below

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585670512
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
06/01/2000
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
770
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.95(h) x 1.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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