By Christopher B. Krebs

Winner of the 2012 Christian Gauss publication Award

"A version of well known highbrow historical past. . . . In each way, A most deadly Book is a such a lot superb achievement."--Washington Post

When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little ebook in regards to the historical Germans, he couldn't have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis may extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy earlier than the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this stylish and eye-catching historical past, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard collage, strains the wide-ranging effect of the Germania, revealing how an historical textual content rose to take its position one of the most threatening books on the earth.

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Farge (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1996), pp. 19–20, 25–30; R. H. Helmholz, ‘Married Women’s Wills in Later Medieval England’, in S. S. ), Wife and Widow in Medieval England (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1993), pp. 165–82. g. Bracton on the Laws and Customs of England, ed. George E. Woodbine, trans. S. E. Thorne, 4 vols. : Belknap Press, 1968), ii, p. 179. ⁵⁰ See Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law, i, p. 485; M. H. Kerr, ‘Husband and Wife in Criminal Proceedings in Medieval England’, in C.

A. , p. 21. g. C 1/64/1130 (1475–80 or 1483–5). The category will also be discussed in Ch. 3, ‘Widows’, below. Classification in Cultural Context 31 debt or she be allowed to sell the merchandise to raise money to pay off the debt. As in the earlier example, the petition seeks to draw the court’s attention to a wider context. ⁷⁰ The femme sole position is perhaps evoked for similar reasons in London’s Mayor’s Court in 1376. Ellen, widow of John Sage, haberdasher, was charged with seeking to sell on feast days, which contravened a recent ordinance concerning haberdashers.

J. Payer, The Bridling Of Desire: Views of Sex in the Later Middle Ages ( Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993), pp. 5–6, 9–10. ¹³ See D. L. D’Avray, The Preaching of the Friars: Sermons Diffused From Paris Before 1300 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985), esp. pp. 13–28; J. Bird, ‘The Religious’s Role in a Post-Fourth-Lateran World: Jacques de Vitry’s Sermones ad status and Historia occidentalis’, in C. ), Medieval Monastic Preaching (Leiden: Brill, 1998), pp. 209–29; L. E. Boyle, ‘The Inter-Conciliar Period 1179–1215 and the Beginnings of Pastoral Manuals’, in F.

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