Ermengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadours / Edition 1

Ermengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadours / Edition 1

by Fredric L. Cheyette
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801489253

ISBN-13: 9780801489259

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Before France became France its territories included Occitania, roughly the present-day province of Languedoc. The city of Narbonne was a center of Occitanian commerce and culture during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. For most of the second half of the twelfth century, that city and its environs were ruled by a remarkable woman, Ermengard, who negotiated her

Overview

Before France became France its territories included Occitania, roughly the present-day province of Languedoc. The city of Narbonne was a center of Occitanian commerce and culture during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. For most of the second half of the twelfth century, that city and its environs were ruled by a remarkable woman, Ermengard, who negotiated her city's way through a maze of everchanging dynastic alliances.

Fredric L. Cheyette's masterful and beautifully illustrated book is a biography of an extraordinary warrior woman and of a unique, vulnerable, doomed society. Throughout her long reign, viscountess Ermengard roamed Occitania receiving oaths of fidelity, negotiating treaties, settling disputes among the lords of her lands, and camping with her armies before the walls of besieged cities. She was born into a world of politics and warfare, but from the Mediterranean to the North Sea her name echoed in songs that treated the arts of love.

The land between the Rhone and the Pyrenees was a delicately balanced world in which honor, dispute, and the fragile communities of loyalty and family held a "stateless" society together. In Cheyette's prose there rises before us a world we had not imagined, in which women were powerful lords, moving back and forth across what we now call Spain, France, and Italy to play the harsh political games essential to the preservation of their realms. But the region was also fertile ground for religious practices deemed heretical by the Church. The attempt to eradicate them would spawn the Albigensian Crusade, which destroyed the cosmopolitan world of Ermengard and the troubadours—the world that lives again in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489259
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
Conjunctions of Religion and Power in the Medieval Past Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.38(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Mapsix
Genealogiesx
Prefacexi
A Note on Money, Weights, and Measuresxv
Introduction1
Chapter 1.The Viscountess Comes of Age14
Ermengard's City
Preface39
Chapter 2.Names and Titles, Histories and Myths41
Chapter 3.The Urban Marketplace54
Chapter 4.City and Countryside66
Chapter 5.Cities of Mammon, Cities of Mars80
Chapter 6.The Bishop in the City103
The Sinews of Power: Lordship and Serfdom
Preface127
Chapter 7.Lordship129
Chapter 8.Serfdom and the Dues of Domination149
Chapter 9.Ermengard's Entourage168
The Sinews of Power: The Culture of Fidelity
Chapter 10.Oaths and Oath Takers187
Chapter 11.Anger, Conflict, and Reconciliation199
Chapter 12.Giving and Taking220
Chapter 13.Love and Fidelity233
Dynastic Politics: 1162-1196
Preface251
Chapter 14.Raymond V Builds His Empire253
Chapter 15.The Ravaging of Occitania274
Chapter 16.Sowing the Seeds of Crusade286
Chapter 17.A War Like an Omen308
Chapter 18.Impatient Heirs331
Epilogue
Chapter 19.The Undoing of Occitania347
Abbreviations363
Notes365
Bibliography441
Index463

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