Medieval Concepts of the Past: Ritual, Memory, Historiography

Medieval Concepts of the Past: Ritual, Memory, Historiography

by Gerd Althoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521060281

ISBN-13: 9780521060288

Pub. Date: 02/04/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Medieval Concepts of the Past shows how the history of the Middle Ages is being reshaped by leading medieval historians in Germany and the United States in light of cultural and social-scientific investigations into ritual, language, and memory. These two national traditions of medieval scholarship, which have been largely separated over the course of the…  See more details below

Overview

Medieval Concepts of the Past shows how the history of the Middle Ages is being reshaped by leading medieval historians in Germany and the United States in light of cultural and social-scientific investigations into ritual, language, and memory. These two national traditions of medieval scholarship, which have been largely separated over the course of the twentieth century, are drawing closer together through a common interest in issues of social science and linguistic theory as applied to the representation of the past. This book marks a significant step in the reconvergence of these two historiographical traditions.

Contributors:
Gerd Althoff, Johannes Fried, Patrick J. Geary, Stefan Weinfurter, John W Bernhardt, Hanna Vollrath, Philippe Buc, Hans-Werner Goetz, Bernd Schneidmuller, Amy G. Remensnyder, Bernhard Jussen, John B. Freed, Beare Schuster, David Nurnberg, Felice Lifshitz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521060288
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2008
Series:
Publications of the German Historical Institute Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Introduction1
1Authority and Legitimation of Royal Policy and Action: The Case of Henry II19
2King Henry II of Germany: Royal Self-Representation and Historical Memory39
3The Variability of Rituals in the Middle Ages71
4Rebels and Rituals: From Demonstrations of Enmity to Criminal Justice89
5Oblivion Between Orality and Textuality in the Tenth Century111
6Text and Ritual in Ninth-Century Political Culture: Rome, 864123
7The Concept of Time in the Historiography of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries139
8Constructing the Past by Means of the Present: Historiographical Foundations of Medieval Institutions, Dynasties, Peoples, and Communities167
9Topographies of Memory: Center and Periphery in High Medieval France193
10Challenging the Culture of Memoria: Dead Men, Oblivion, and the "Faithless Widow" in the Middle Ages215
11Artistic and Literary Representations of Family Consciousness233
12The Strange Pilgrimage of Odo of Deuil253
13The Rhineland Massacres of Jews in the First Crusade: Memories Medieval and Modern279
14The Martyr, the Tomb, and the Matron: Constructing the (Masculine) "Past" as a Female Power Base311
Index343

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