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Download E-books Glamorous Sorcery: Magic and Literacy in the High Middle Ages (Medieval Cultures) PDF

Download E-books Glamorous Sorcery: Magic and Literacy in the High Middle Ages (Medieval Cultures) PDF

By David Rollo

Rollo's hugely specialized research examines the unfold of literacy and the connection among vernacular and latin literature in 12th-century Europe. He makes a speciality of how secular and clerical writers used magic as a metaphor for writing and examines the literary units and works of William of Malmesbury, Geoffrey of Monmouth, John of Salisbury, William Fitzstephen, Richard FitzNigel, Benoit de Sainte-Maure and Gerald of Wales. Extracts contain English translations.

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Download E-books Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan PDF

Download E-books Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan PDF

By William E. Deal

andbook to existence in Medieval and Early glossy Japan spans the start of the Kamakura interval in 1185 during the finish of the Edo (Tokugawa) interval in 1868. The medieval and early glossy eras in Japan have been principally formed through the increase of the warrior category. After 1603, with the founding of the Tokugawa shogunate, jap tradition replaced dramatically, yet as towns grew and retailers thrived, the warrior category turned much less dominant. through the top of the Edo interval, Japan's insular feudal society and armed forces govt grew to become inappropriate in an more and more consumer-oriented economic climate and thriving city culture.

The contribution of army rulers, celebrated warriors, and cultural innovators to medieval and early sleek eastern tradition are good documented. in spite of the fact that, lifestyles on the village point additionally had a powerful effect at the tradition. protecting either degrees of society, this finished consultant presents insightful info on recognized humans and peasants, artisans, shopkeepers, and others open air the outer edge of energy. Handbook to existence in Medieval and Early sleek Japan introduces the reader to the numerous humans and events-cultural, social, political, and historical-and the standard reviews and components of fabric tradition in this time.

Organized thematically, the textual content covers: historical past; Land, setting, and inhabitants; govt; Society and economic climate; Warriors and war; faith; Philosophy, schooling, and technology; Language and Literature; acting Arts; artwork and structure; commute and verbal exchange; lifestyle. every one bankruptcy contains an intensive bibliography, and pictures and maps supplement the textual content. Handbook to existence in Medieval and Early glossy Japan offers all of the crucial info for somebody attracted to eastern historical past, society, or culture.

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Download E-books Pope, Church and City: Essays in Honour of Brenda M. Bolton (Medieval Mediterranean: Peoples, Economies and Cultures, 400-1500) PDF

Download E-books Pope, Church and City: Essays in Honour of Brenda M. Bolton (Medieval Mediterranean: Peoples, Economies and Cultures, 400-1500) PDF

This illustrated quantity is an articulate sequence of essays by means of exclusive authors on issues that are significant to the paintings of Brenda Bolton as a pupil and instructor: blameless III, town of Rome, the overdue medieval Church and the city context of the Italian peninsula within the 12th to fourteenth centuries. The essays mix groundbreaking new analyses with cautious studying of the resources to illustrate the vibrancy of the research of the ecclesiastical and social heritage of the Mediterranean within the overdue heart a while.

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Download E-books The Knight in History (Medieval Life) PDF

Download E-books The Knight in History (Medieval Life) PDF

By Frances Gies

A magisterial background of the origins, fact, and legend of the knight

Born out of the chaos of the early heart a while, the armored and hugely cellular knight revolutionized battle and speedy grew to become a mythic determine in heritage. From the Knights Templars and English knighthood to the crusades and chivalry, The Knight in History, by way of acclaimed medievalist Frances Gies, bestselling coauthor of Life in a Medieval Castle, paints a outstanding precise photograph of knighthood—exploring the knight’s earliest visual appeal as an agent of lawless violence, his reemergence as a dynamic social entity, his eventual disappearance from the eu degree, and his transformation into Western culture’s such a lot iconic hero.

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Download E-books The Varangians of Byzantium PDF

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By Sigfús Blöndal, Benedikt Benedikz

An air of mystery of romance has clung concerning the Varangians for over six centuries. This booklet examines how the Norsemen got here to be drawn into the Imperial carrier until eventually the best of all of the Emperors of the East, Basil II, shaped them into the regiment of guards which used to be to provide distinct carrier to the Empire. It surveys the background of the regiment right down to the cave in of excessive Byzantium in 1204 and lines the remnant of the Varangians to the final day of the Empire in could 1453.

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Download E-books Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza (Jewish Encounters Series) PDF

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By Adina Hoffman

NATIONAL JEWISH ebook AWARD FINALIST

WINNER OF THE 2012 AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S SOPHIE BRODY AWARD FOR amazing success IN JEWISH LITERATURE

Sacred Trash tells the awesome tale of the Cairo Geniza—a synagogue repository for tired texts that became out to include the main important cache of Jewish manuscripts ever found.

This story of buried communal treasure weaves jointly unforgettable images of Solomon Schechter and the opposite sleek heroes liable for the collection’s rescue with explorations of the medieval files themselves—letters and poems, wills and marriage contracts, Bibles, funds orders, fiery dissenting spiritual tracts, fashion-conscious trousseaux lists, prescriptions, petitions, and mysterious magical charms. featuring a pan­oramic view of virtually 1000 years of bright Mediterranean Judaism, Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole deliver modern readers into the guts of this little-known trove, whose contents have rightly been dubbed “the dwelling Sea Scrolls.” half biography, half meditation at the perfect worth the Jewish humans has lengthy positioned within the written be aware, Sacred Trash is specifically a gripping story of event and redemption. 

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.) 

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Download E-books The Last Vikings: The Epic Story of the Great Norse Voyagers PDF

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By Kristin A. Seaver

Late within the 10th century, the Norse Vikings launched into a voyage of no go back. Leaving Iceland first for Greenland, from there they sailed onwards to North the US, surroundings foot on its shorelines years prior to Columbus’s first trips of discovery. yet through approximately advert 1500 their settlements have been deserted and the Norse Greenlanders and their explorations of the hot international receded into the nation-states of delusion. What occurred among those momentous occasions? How did the Vikings particularly dwell -- and die -- and why have such a lot of myths and legends grown up round this mysterious humans of the sea?

Drawing on her deep wisdom of the tradition and heritage of the area in addition to the main updated proof from archaeology, medieval heritage and the evocative Sagas, Seaver weaves jointly a compelling and authoritative heritage. along their outstanding achievements and discoveries, she additionally vividly conjures up the final Vikings’ day-by-day lives and explains why their obvious departure from Greenland in 1500 used to be now not relatively this kind of dramatic schism within the historic checklist as is frequently assumed. This compelling historical past of a humans dwelling on the fringes of the identified global bargains an illuminating entree into the realm of the Norse Greenlanders on the way to captivate all who've ever puzzled in regards to the destiny of the Vikings and may stand because the definitive paintings for years to come.

 

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Download E-books The Many Roots of Medieval Logic: The Aristotelian and the Non-Aristotelian Traditions (Numen Book) PDF

Download E-books The Many Roots of Medieval Logic: The Aristotelian and the Non-Aristotelian Traditions (Numen Book) PDF

Medieval common sense is generally divided into the branches that derived from Aristotle's organon - the 'logica vetus' and 'logica nova', and people invented within the center a long time, the 'logica modernorum'. during this quantity, a bunch of individual experts asks no matter if the traditional roots of medieval good judgment weren't in truth extra various. Stoic good judgment was once in most cases misplaced, yet have been a few of its subject matters transmitted, even in distorted shape, via Boethius and during the grammatical culture? And did different faculties, akin to the sceptics and the Platonists, give a contribution of their personal how one can medieval good judgment?

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