Humour, History and Politics in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

Humour, History and Politics in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

by Guy Halsall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521133653

ISBN-13: 9780521133654

Pub. Date: 03/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Although the topic of humor has been dealt with for other eras, early medieval humor remains largely neglected. The essays collected here attempt to fill the gap, examining how the writers of early medieval sources deliberately employed humor to make their case. The essays range from the late Roman empire through to the tenth century, and from Byzantium to Anglo-Saxon…  See more details below

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Although the topic of humor has been dealt with for other eras, early medieval humor remains largely neglected. The essays collected here attempt to fill the gap, examining how the writers of early medieval sources deliberately employed humor to make their case. The essays range from the late Roman empire through to the tenth century, and from Byzantium to Anglo-Saxon England. The subject matter is diverse, but a number of themes link them together, notably the use of irony, ridicule and satire as political tools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521133654
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction: 'Don't worry, I've got the key'1
1Laughter and humour in the early medieval Latin west25
2Humour and the everyday in Byzantium48
3The lexicon of abuse: drunkenness and political illegitimacy in the late Roman world75
4Funny foreigners: laughing with the barbarians in late antiquity89
5Liutprand of Cremona's sense of humour114
6'He never even allowed his white teeth to be bared in laughter': the politics of humour in the Carolingian renaissance131
7Alcuin's Disputatio Pippini and the early medieval riddle tradition157
8Laughter after Babel's fall: misunderstanding and miscommunication in the ninth-century west179
Index203

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