By Sarah Kay, Simon Gaunt
Medieval French literature encompasses 450 years of literary output in outdated and heart French, regularly produced in Northern France and England. those texts, together with courtly lyrics, prose and verse romances, dits amoureux and performs, proved highly influential for different ecu literary traditions within the medieval interval and past. This better half deals a wide-ranging and stimulating advisor to literature composed in medieval French from its beginnings within the 9th century until eventually the Renaissance. The essays are grounded in special research of canonical texts and authors akin to the Chanson de Roland, the Roman de l. a. Rose, Villon's testomony, Chrétien de Troyes, Machaut, Christine de Pisan and the Tristan romances. that includes a chronology and proposals for additional examining, this can be the precise significant other for college students and students in different fields wishing to find the riches of the French medieval culture.
By Richard Beadle, Pamela M. King
This quantity is the one paperback to supply the most physique of the performs which make up York's well-known Corpus Christi cycle. the choice right here emphasises the scope of the oldest and best-preserved of the English secret cycles, and the trendy spelling, unique notes, and basic creation make the amount really valuable for either readers and actors.
By Albrecht Classen
Conrad Kyeser was once the 1st to provide a picture of a chastity belt in his illustrated publication on warfare equipment, Bellifortis (1405), and a few 15th- and sixteenth-century poets and artists observed this item besides. but, there is not any enterprise facts that chastity belts have been ever utilized in truth. against this, smooth writers have frequently stated the chastity belt as an item hired essentially within the heart a while with a view to aid a hugely speculative point of view of prior practices, perhaps as a spurious legitimation for using chastity belts within the smooth intercourse undefined. Anthropologists, ethnologists, then additionally cultural historians, and feminist students have fortunately embraced the assumption of the chastity belt since it supplied them with an efficient battle-cry to malign the medieval international and to undertaking some great benefits of the civilization approach within the lives of recent girls freed of being degrading through a chastity belt.
He interval of the 10th and early 11th centuries was once the most important within the formation of Europe, a lot of whose political geography and larger-scale divisions started to take form at the moment. It was once additionally an period of significant fragmentation, and as a result of adjustments which were magnified by means of smooth nationwide historiographical traditions. This quantity of the recent Cambridge Medieval historical past displays those various traditions, and gives an authoritative survey in its personal phrases. the quantity is split into 3 sections: common topics, the previous Carolingian lands, and components farther afield.
By Robert Chase
On the grounds that time immemorial, the reaction of the dwelling to demise has been to commemorate the lifetime of the departed via ceremonies and rituals. for almost millennia, the Christian quest for everlasting peace has been expressed in a poetic-musical constitution referred to as the requiem. conventional requiem texts, between them the nameless medieval Latin poem Dies Irae ("Day of Wrath"), have encouraged an untold variety of composers in numerous a while and serving assorted religions, Western and japanese.
This booklet, the 1st entire survey of requiem track for almost part a century, presents loads of varied and targeted info that may be of use to the pro musician, the musical pupil, the choral conductor, the theologian and liturgist, and the overall reader. the most physique of the consultant is an outline of a few 250 requiems.
Each access features a concise biography of the composer and an outline of the composition. info of voicing, orchestration, versions, and discography are given. an intensive bibliography contains dictionaries, encyclopedias, prayer books, monographs, and articles.
An appendix lists greater than 1700 requiems no longer mentioned in the major textual content.
By Peter Spufford
This can be a full-scale examine of the background of cash, now not in simple terms of coinage, to were written for medieval Europe. The e-book isn't really restricted to at least one state, or to anyone interval or subject matter, yet extracts an important components for the historian around the broadest attainable canvas. Its scope extends from the mining of useful metals at the one hand, to banking, together with using cheques and accounts of trade, at the different. Chapters are prepared chronologically, instead of locally or thematically, and provide a close photograph of the various and altering roles performed by means of cash, in all its kinds, in all components of Europe in the course of the center a while. therefore cash is visible as having differing values for differing components of person societies. The publication indicates cash relocating and altering because of warfare and exchange and different political, financial and ecclesiastical actions with out regard for nationwide limitations or the meant separation among 'East' and 'West'.
By Paul Finch
Whilst King Edward I of britain outfitted Grogen fort in Wales, he proclaimed it the most powerful castle within the British Isles; impregnable to attack, armed with units so fiendish that would-be attackers could die in multitutdes. however the Welsh have had sufficient of English tyranny. Armed with druidic magic and an historical, mystical artefact, they summon a military to their banner even the main supersitious of Edward's squaddies may well by no means have imagined. quickly, Grogen fortress reveals itself beseiged by means of forces solid from splintered bone and rotten flesh. simply how lengthy can this Stronghold carry out opposed to the zombie horde?
By James A. Brundage
This huge learn of medieval legislations and sexual behavior explores the starting place and improvement of the Christian church's intercourse legislation and the structures of trust upon which that legislations rested. concentrating on the Church's personal criminal procedure of canon legislation, James A. Brundage deals a entire historical past of criminal doctrines–covering the millennium from A.D. 500 to 1500–concerning a large choice of sexual habit, together with marital intercourse, adultery, homosexuality, concubinage, prostitution, masturbation, and incest. His survey makes strikingly transparent how the procedure of sexual keep an eye on in a global we've got half-forgotten has formed the realm within which we are living at the present time. The law of marriage and divorce as we all know it this day, including the outlawing of bigamy and polygamy and the imposition of legal sanctions on such actions as sodomy, fellatio, cunnilingus, and bestiality, are all dependent in huge degree upon rules and ideology approximately sexual morality that grew to become legislation in Christian Europe within the center Ages.
"Brundage's e-book is constantly discovered, tremendously valuable, and regularly enjoyable. it's the most sensible we now have at the relationships among theological norms, felony rules, and sexual practice."—Peter Iver Kaufman, Church History
By David Hair
The Moontide has arrived, the Leviathan Bridge has risen from the waves and the armies of the 3rd campaign are scuffling with to overcome the continent of Antiopia as soon as and for all.
But issues usually are not going solely as deliberate for the effective magi of the West.
Shaliyah, birthplace of the Prophet, now has a brand new identify: mom of Victories. without warning the East is emerging, and Emperor Constant’s campaign is teetering at the fringe of catastrophe, because the unparalleled good fortune of the Shihad turns into the catalyst for resistance all throughout Antiopia.
To Elena Anborn and Kazim Makani, Shaliyah is a decision to eventually absorb hands opposed to the renegade spymaster Gurvon Gyle and his mercenary cabal.
For Queen Cera Nesti of Javon, it's a beacon as she seeks new how one can overthrow her husband, the usurper king, and reclaim Javon for her brother.
And Ramon Sensini, trapped in the back of enemy traces with the shattered remnants of the Southern military, sees it as another challenge in his determined try and get him males correctly home.
But hid amidst the hurricane and fireplace of the conflict, emperors, Inquisitors, Souldrinkers and assassins alike are engaged in a determined, lethal and mystery fight to discover the Scytale of Corineus, the major to final energy. Its not likely guardians are the failed mage Alaron Mercer and market-girl Ramita Ankesharan, pregnant widow of the world’s maximum mage – and what they decide to do with the Scytale may well swap the realm forever.
By Umberto Eco
BAUDOLINO gravita em torno dos prazeres da corte de Federico Hohenstaufen, conhecido como Barbarossa, à época da Terceira Cruzada. A história engloba justamente o período entre 1152 e 1204, começando com a ascensão de Barbarossa ao trono e terminando com a conquista de Constantinopla pela temida ordem dos cavaleiros templários. A trama é protagonizada por Baudolino - adolescente, criativo e mentiroso que dá título à obra - e Niceta Coniate, personagem inspirado em um historiador e orador que viveu na corte de Constantinopla. A narrativa retrocede, enquanto Baudolino conta a Niceta suas aventuras e desventuras, numa mistura de fantasia e realidade, História e faz-de-conta. Tudo isso temperado por inúmeras situações cômicas. No intervalo, Eco embaralha os seus personagens inventados e produz o mais recorrente efeito de seu texto: interferir em acontecimentos históricos conhecidos por meio de atos ou circunstâncias vividas pelos personagens fictícios.