The Kiss of Peace: Ritual, Self, and Society in the High and Late Medieval West available in Hardcover
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This book reveals the social logic of the medieval rituals of reconciliation as showcased by the most potent rite, the kiss of peace. Ritual is presented as a contested ground on which individuals, groups, and political and moral authorities competed for and appropriated political sovereignty. The thesis of the study is that by employing ritual and bodily mnemonics as strategic tools, the forces of order and official morality strove to organize personality structures around a hegemonic value system. Researching three analytical fieldsthe legal bonds of peace, the emotional economy of ritual, and the building of identitythe book highlights the contents and evolution of ritual reconciliation in diverse cultural contexts in the period between the eleventh and the sixteenth centuries.
|Publisher:||Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Cultures, Beliefs and Traditions: Medieval and Early Modern Peoples Series , #17|
|Product dimensions:||6.48(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.09(d)|
About the Author
Kiril Petkov, Ph.D. (1993 and 2002) in History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and New York University, is Assistant Professor of History at Truman State University. He has published on topics of late medieval history and culture and is the author of Infidels, Turks, and Women: The South Slavs in the German Mind, c. 1400-1600 (Peter Lang, 1997).
Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Sub specie osculiPART ONE. THE LEGAL BONDS OF PEACEIntroduction to Part One1. The Contest for Supremacy: Ritual and the Law in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries2. Transformations: Legal Ritual and the Evolution of Peacemaking in the Thirteenth Century3. Withdrawal: The Decline of Legal Ritual in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries and Its ConsequencesConclusions to Part OnePART TWO. THE EMOTIONAL ECONOMY OF RITUALIntroduction to Part Two4. Sentiments at Work5. Discourses and Practices6. Emotions and Ritual EfficacyConclusions to Part TwoPART THREE. BUILDING IDENTITIESIntroduction to Part Three7. Identity From Without8. Identity From Within: Self and Person9. Ends and Networks: Ritual Identity and the OtherConclusions to Part ThreeConclusionBibliographyIndex