Medieval Concepts of the Past: Ritual, Memory, Historiography

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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

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"This book is extremely significant in two different ways. It represents the first large-scale collaboration of German and US medieval historians ever undertaken, and it focuses intelligently on subjects of significance in both historiographical traditions and of great interest to medieval and other historians.... All academic levels and collections." Choice

"Stimulating, engaging [...] It fulfills a valuable role in increasing dialogue between German and American scholars." Arthuriana

"[A] stimulating and thought-provoking collection." The Medieval Review

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Authority and Legitimation of Royal Policy and Action: The Case of Henry II 19
2 King Henry II of Germany: Royal Self-Representation and Historical Memory 39
3 The Variability of Rituals in the Middle Ages 71
4 Rebels and Rituals: From Demonstrations of Enmity to Criminal Justice 89
5 Oblivion Between Orality and Textuality in the Tenth Century 111
6 Text and Ritual in Ninth-Century Political Culture: Rome, 864 123
7 The Concept of Time in the Historiography of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries 139
8 Constructing the Past by Means of the Present: Historiographical Foundations of Medieval Institutions, Dynasties, Peoples, and Communities 167
9 Topographies of Memory: Center and Periphery in High Medieval France 193
10 Challenging the Culture of Memoria: Dead Men, Oblivion, and the "Faithless Widow" in the Middle Ages 215
11 Artistic and Literary Representations of Family Consciousness 233
12 The Strange Pilgrimage of Odo of Deuil 253
13 The Rhineland Massacres of Jews in the First Crusade: Memories Medieval and Modern 279
14 The Martyr, the Tomb, and the Matron: Constructing the (Masculine) "Past" as a Female Power Base 311
Index 343
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