Medieval Transformations: Texts, Power, and Gifts in Context

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This volume deals with shifts and changes that took place during the Middle Ages when things, or ideas, or writings, were transferred from time to time, place to place, or one ideological realm to another. The same objects, ideas, or texts changed their meaning, impact, or symbolic value according to different contexts. The twelve papers, written by leading experts, investigate the authority attributed to texts and their canonization in different contexts; the shifting uses and meanings of gifts, from honorable ...

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This volume deals with shifts and changes that took place during the Middle Ages when things, or ideas, or writings, were transferred from time to time, place to place, or one ideological realm to another. The same objects, ideas, or texts changed their meaning, impact, or symbolic value according to different contexts. The twelve papers, written by leading experts, investigate the authority attributed to texts and their canonization in different contexts; the shifting uses and meanings of gifts, from honorable instruments in the settlement of disputes to corruption and bribery; and the transition of violence and power from relationships between equals to a tool for the maintenance of hierarchies.

Contributors include: Gadi Algazi, Monique Bernards, Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld, Esther Cohen, Valentin Groebner, Yitzhak Hen, Mayke de Jong, Rob Meens, Marco Mostert, Thomas F.X. Noble, Timothy Reuter, Hendrik Teunis, and Stephen D. White.

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Esther Cohen, Ph.D. (1976) is Associate Professor in the History Department of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Mayke B. de Jong, D.Phil. (1986) is presently Professor of Medieval History at Utrecht University.
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Introduction, Esther Cohen

PART ONE. TRANSFORMATIONS: TEXT, SCRIPTURE, AND AUTHORITY IN THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES
1. Reflections on Canonization and the Authority of the Written Word in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: By Way of Comment, Marco Mostert
2. Holy Scripture and the Transmission of Knowledge in Early Islam: The Inception of Arabic Linguistic Studies, Monique Bernards
3. Martin of Braga’s De correctione rusticorum and its Uses in Frankish Gaul, Yitzhak Hen
4. Religious Instruction in the Frankish Kingdoms, Rob Meens
5. Exegesis for an Empress, Mayke de Jong
6. The Varying Roles of Biblical Testimonies in the Carolingian Image Controversies, Thomas F.X. Noble

PART TWO. TRANSFORMATIONS: GIFTS, VIOLENCE, AND BRIBES, HIGH AND LATE MIDDLE AGES
7. The Medieval Gift as Agent of Social Bonding and Political Power: A Comparative Approach, Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld
8. Gifts And Simony, Timothy Reuter
9. The Politics of Exchange: Gifts, Fiefs, and Feudalism, Stephen D. White
10. Presenting Respect in the Eleventh Century: Odo of Blaison and the Canons of St.-Lézin, Hendrik Teunis
11. From Peace to Power: The Study of Disputes in Medieval France, Stephen D. White
12. Accountancies and Arcana: Registering the Gift in Late Medieval Cities, Valentin Groebner
13. Pruning Peasants: Private War and Maintaining the Lords’ Peace in Late Medieval Germany, Gadi Algazi

Index

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