Medieval Concepts of the Past: Ritual, Memory, Historiography

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-02-04
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Medieval Concepts of the Past shows how the history of the Middle Ages is reshaped by leading medieval historians in Germany and the United States in the 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 step in the reconvergence of these two historiographical traditions.

Table of Contents

Authority and legitimation of royal policy and action: the case of
King Henry II of Germany: royal self-representation and historical memory
The variability of rituals in the Middle Ages
Rebels and rituals: from demonstrations of enmity to criminal justice
Oblivion between orality and textuality in the tenth century
Text and ritual in ninth-century political culture: Rome, 864 Philippe Buc
The concept of time in the historiography of the eleventh and twelfth centuries
Constructing the past by means of the present: historiographical foundations of medieval institutions, dynasties, peoples, and communities
Topographies of memory: center and periphery in High Medieval France
Challenging the culture of memoria: dead men, oblivion, and the 'faithless widow' in the Middle Ages
Artistic and literary representations of family consciousness
The strange pilgrimage of Odo of
The Rhineland massacres of Jews in the First Crusade: memories medieval and modern
The martyr, the tomb, and the matron: constructing the (Masculine) 'Past' as a female power base
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