BN.com Gift Guide

Friendship in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age : Explorations of a Fundamental Ethical Discourse

Overview

Although it seems that erotic love generally was the prevailing topic in the medieval world and the Early Modern Age, parallel to this the Ciceronian ideal of friendship also dominated the public discourse, as this collection of essays demonstrates. Following an extensive introduction, the individual contributions explore the functions and the character of friendship from late antiquity (Augustine) to the 17th century. They show the spectrum of different approaches to friendship - not only in literature but also ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $157.56   
  • New (3) from $157.56   
  • Used (1) from $181.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

Although it seems that erotic love generally was the prevailing topic in the medieval world and the Early Modern Age, parallel to this the Ciceronian ideal of friendship also dominated the public discourse, as this collection of essays demonstrates. Following an extensive introduction, the individual contributions explore the functions and the character of friendship from late antiquity (Augustine) to the 17th century. They show the spectrum of different approaches to friendship - not only in literature but also in politics and even in visual arts.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In den 20 Beitägen dieses informativen Sammelbandes werden unterschiedliche Bewertungen, Konstruktionen und Funktionen von Freundschaft im Kloster und am Hof, in weltlichen Erzählungen und geistlichen Briefen, in lat. Traktaten und volkssprachlichen Lyriken, in Text und Bild, in Politik und Seelsorge von der Spätantike bis in 17./18. Jh. und von Byzanz über Italien und Spanien bis Frankreich, Deutschland und England vorgestellt."Rüdiger Schnell in: Germanistik Redaktion 2011, Band 52, Heft 1-2
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Albrecht Classen,University of Arizona, Tuscon, USA; Marilyn Sandidge,Westfield State University, USA.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction: Friendship-The Quest for a Human Ideal and Value: From Antiquity to the Early Modern Time Albrecht Classen

A Early Modern Perspectives 1

B Friendship in Antiquity 5

C Marcus Tullius Cicero 8

D Friendship in Late Antiquity: Bishop (Saint) Augustine 14

E Friendship from the Early Middle Ages to the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries 18

F Friendship in Twelfth-Century English Monastic Circles: The Case of Aelred of Rievaulx 30

G Theological Approaches to Friendship: Thomas Aquinas 37

H A Variety of Voices: Old and New. Retrospectives and Innovative Perspectives on Friendship 40

I Friendship and Women: Still a Somewhat Unchartered Territory 47

J The Homosocial vs. the Homoerotic 48

K Friendship at the Courts 49

L Friendship between People and Animals: Interconnectedness of Culture and Nature 51

M Vernacular Medieval Spanish Commentators 52

N Friendship in the Italian World of Intellectuals: The Case of Brunetto Latini 57

O Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch, as Proponents of the Ideal of Friendship: Voices from the Early Italian Renaissance 60

P Religious Friendship in the Late Middle Ages: Thomas à Kempis 68

Q Friendship in Late-Medieval German Literature: Sebastian Brant: A Last Hurrah for a Traditional Ethical Ideal? 70

R Friendship in Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Literature: A Variety of Vernacular Voices 71

S Women as Friends in the Middle Ages and Beyond: Still a Thorny Issue 81

T Women and Friendship Marilyn Sandidge 92

U Early Modern Friendships: Additional Perspectives Marilyn Sandidge 105

V The Opinion of the Encyclopedists: At the Threshold of Modernity 112

W Some Concluding Remarks 117

X Summaries of the Contributions to This Volume 118

Y The Decline of the Friendship Ideal? The Transformation of a Trope. Some Final Reflections 175

Z Some Dedicatory Words in the Spirit of Friendship 182

Chapter 1 Friendship of Mutual Perfecting in Augustine's Confessions and the Failure of Classical amicitia C. Stephen Jaeger 185

Chapter 2 The Gift of Friendship: Beneficial and Poisonous: Friendships in the Byzantine Greek Passion of Sergius and Bacchus Stavroula Constantinou 201

Chapter 3 Where Textual Bodies Meet: Anglo-Saxon Women's Epistolary Friendships Lisa M. C. Weston 231

Chapter 4 Sapienter amare poterimus: On Rhetoric and Friendship in the Letters of Heloise and Abelard Jennifer Constantine-Jackson 247

Chapter 5 Peter the Venerable and Secular Friendship Marc Saurette 281

Chapter 6 Mysterious Friends in the Prayers and Letters of Anselm of Canterbury R. Jacob McDonie 309

Chapter 7 Monastic Friendship in Theory and in Action in the Twelfth Century Julian P. Haseldine 349

Chapter 8 Ideological Friendship In The Middle Ages: Bonizo of Sutri and His Liber Ad Amicum John A. Dempsey 395

Chapter 9 Friendship in the Heroic Epic: Ruedegêr in the Nibelungenlied Albrecht Classen 429

Chapter 10 Spiritual Friendship in the Works of Alfonso X of Castile: Images of Interaction Between the Sacred and Spiritual Worlds of Thirteenth-Century Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo 445

Chapter 11 The Spiritual Friendship of Henry Suso and Elsbeth Stagel David F. Tinsley 477

Chapter 12 Engendering Obligation: Sworn Brotherhood and Love Rivalry in Medieval English Romance Robert Stretter 501

Chapter 13 Talking Bird and Gentle Heart: Female Homosocial Bonding in Chaucer's "Squire's Tale" Sara Deutch Schotland 525

Chapter 14 Sovereign Fathers and Sovereign Friends in Hamlet and Michel de Montaigne's "Of Friendship" Theodore Kaouk 543

Chapter 15 Die zwei Freunde des Leonardo da Vinci: Eine kunsthistorische Fallstudie (with an English abstract) Miriam Sarah Marotzki 561

Chapter 16 Friendship and Good Counsel: The Discourses of Friendship and Parrhesia in Francis Bacon's The Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall Stella Achilleos 643

Chapter 17 Painted Friends: Political Interests and the Transformation of International Learned Sociability Vera Keller 675

Chapter 18 "If I must example bee": Donne's Petrarchan Heart as Speculum Amicitiae L. Bellee Jones 707

Chapter 19 George Herbert's Friendship with Christ in The Temple (1633) Jean-Christophe Van Thienen 727

Chapter 20 Friendship and Enmity to God and Nation: The Complexities of Jewish-Gentile Relations in the Whitehall Conference of 1655 Andrew Crome 749

Illustrations 779

Contributors 783

Index: Persons, Subjects, Titles, Concepts 789

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)