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Julia Exarchos : Liturgy, Society, and Politics. Liturgical Performance and Codification in the High Middle Ages

The book addresses the significance of the liturgy in medieval society. While historical studies of the liturgy and liturgical texts have up until now focused predominantly on their theological and practical liturgical context, this investigation turns to examine the political and social significance of the liturgy and its texts. The study explores both the liturgical acts themselves and the complex codification (...)

Judith A. Green : The Normans. Power, Conquest and Culture in 11th Century Europe

In the eleventh century the climate was improving, population was growing, and people were on the move. The Norman dynasty ranged across Europe, led by men who achieved lasting fame like William the Conqueror and Robert Guiscard. These figures cultivated an image of unstoppable Norman success and their victories make for a great story, but how much of it is true ? In this insightful history, Judith Green (...)

Andrew Latham : Medieval Sovereignty. Past Imperfect

Through a focused and systematic examination of medieval theologians, philosophers, and jurists, Andrew Latham explores how ideas about supreme political authority—sovereignty—first emerged during the high medieval period. The author provides a new model for understanding the concept of sovereignty, and traces its roots, not to the early modern or late medieval eras as do all other accounts, but to the High Middle (...)

Djro Bilestone R. Kouamenan : Le roi, son favori et les barons. Légitimation et délégitimation du pouvoir royal en Angleterre et en France aux XIVe et XVe siècles

Die politische Rolle des Favoriten und die Art seiner Beziehung zum König sind in der Forschung oft nicht klar gesehen worden, da in den Diskursen des frühen und späten Mittelalters die besondere Nähe zum Herrscher regelmäßig in der Sprache der Liebe und in Gesten der körperlichen Nähe und Intimität zum Ausdruck kam. So entstand der Eindruck, dass der König aus homosexueller Neigung seinem Günstling übermäßigen Einfluss (...)

Pierre Bauduin, Simon Lebouteiller, Luc Bourgeois (dir.) : Les transferts culturels dans les mondes normands médiévaux (VIIIe–XIIe siècle) : objets, acteurs et passeurs

The objects of cultural transfers are innumerable. Their study is particularly important to understanding the medieval Norman worlds and their multiple interconnections with the Scandinavian world, the British Isles, Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean. While examining the processes of transmission, reception, adaptation, adoption, or rejection, this book highlights how these dynamics influenced cultures (...)

Collectif : Entre réel et imaginaire : les animaux dans l’histoire, l’art et la littérature à l’époque bourguignonne (XIVe-XVIe siècles)

Table des matières : François Duceppe-Lamarre, Une cohabitation ordonné avec l’animal sauvage sous Philippe le Hardi  ? Le cas de la résidence ducale d’Hesdin entre 1399 et 1404 Victorien Leman, Maîtriser la Création. Animaux et discours politique dans les résidences des ducs de Bourgogne à la fin du Moyen Âge Alain Marchandisse et Bertrand Schnerb, Belle et ses amis. Le lévrier à la cour de Bourgogne sous Philippe le (...)

Jean-Pol Évrard (éd.) : L’abbaye de Lisle-en-Barrois. Origines, histoire et chartes (1143-1226)

Si l’histoire des grandes abbayes cisterciennes est bien connue, il n’en va pas de même pour des abbayes de moindre dimension, comme celles qui se sont implantées dans le diocèse de Verdun : Lachalade, Châtillon-en-Woëvre et Lisle (par la suite transférée du Verdunois au Barrois). Mais tel était le cas de bien d’autres monastères cisterciens que l’histoire des grandes abbayes de l’ordre (Cîteaux, Morimond, Clairvaux, (...)

Michele Bacci, Manuela Studer-Karlen, Mirko Vagnoni (éd.) : Meanings and Functions of the Royal Portrait in the Mediterranean World (11th – 15th Centuries)

(The open access version of this book has been published with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation.) The book proposes a reassessment of royal portraiture and its function in the Middle Ages via a comparative analysis of works from different areas of the Mediterranean world, where images are seen as only one outcome of wider and multifarious strategies for the public mise-en-scène of the rulers’ (...)

Jennifer Mara DeSilva : The Office of Ceremonies and Advancement in Curial Rome, 1466–1528

This cultural and institutional history explores the careers of men who served in Rome’s Office of Ceremonies during the papal court’s growth period (c.1466–1528), in order to understand how the smallest papal college stands as a model of early modern curial advancement. The experiences and textual contributions of three ceremonialists, Agostino Patrizi, Johann Burchard, and Paris de’ Grassi, show diverse strategies (...)

Enrico Boccaccini : Reflecting Mirrors, East and West : Transcultural Comparisons of Advice Literature for Rulers (8th - 13th century)

In Reflecting Mirrors, East and West Enrico Boccaccini sheds new light on Mirrors for Princes, the pre-modern genre of advice literature for rulers. A popular genre in the societies that emerged from the Late Antique oecumene, Mirrors for Princes are considered here, for the first time, as a transcultural phenomenon that challenges the dichotomy of the Orient and the Occident. Traditionally, the historiographic (...)