The Edges of the Medieval World

Overview

In the Middles Ages, the edges of someone's world could carry various meanings and represent different things. They might, on the onehand, have been situated in far-away regions, mainly in the north and east, lands most often only known from hearsay and inhabited by strange beings: humans who had their faces on their chest, did not have a mouth, or had the heads of dogs. On the other hand, the edges of an individual's world could also just mean the borders of the community they lived in, borders that they may not...

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Overview

In the Middles Ages, the edges of someone's world could carry various meanings and represent different things. They might, on the onehand, have been situated in far-away regions, mainly in the north and east, lands most often only known from hearsay and inhabited by strange beings: humans who had their faces on their chest, did not have a mouth, or had the heads of dogs. On the other hand, the edges of an individual's world could also just mean the borders of the community they lived in, borders that they may not have had a chance to cross their whole lives long.

These varieties of the edges of the medieval world were the topic of an international workshop held on the Estonian island of Muhu-itself a place that could easily be associated with the topic of this meeting-in 2006. Specialists from eight European countries offer their insightful ideas and particular perspectives on the different edges of the medieval world and contribute to a discussion that is rapidly gaining importance for Medieval Studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789639776456
  • Publisher: Central European University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 141
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface 1

Edges of the World - Edges of Time Felicitas Schmieder 4

From the Peripheries to the Centres and Back: Visual Culture and the Edges of this World Gerhard Jaritz 21

The Picture of the World in Old Norse Sources Else Mundal 39

"The Land of the Norwegians is the Last in the World": A Mid-eleventh-century Description of the Nordic Countries from the Pen of Adam of Bremen Torstein Jorgensen 46

Political Rhetoric and the Edges of Christianity: Livonia and Its Evil Elements in the Fifteenth Century Anti Selart 55

Living on the Edge: Pirates and the Livonians in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries Juhan Kreem 70

Darkness on the Edge of Town: Life at the Flurgrenze in Medieval and Traditional Narrative Tom Pettitt 82

The Margins of One's Small World: The Outskirts of Towns in Late Medieval and Early Modern Visual Representations Judit Sebo 99

What Is Exotic? Sources of Animals and Animal Products from the Edges of the Medieval World Aleksander Pluskowski 113

The Beast of Muhu: A Hybrid from the Periphery Tom Pettitt Kadri Tuur 130

Tibi Silens Laus: Silence at the Edge of Language Lucie Dolezalova 136

List of Contributors 142

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