Visions of Kinship in Medieval Europe

Author: Hans Hummer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198797605
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 1933
What meaning did human kinship possess in a world regulated by Biblical time, committed to the primacy of spiritual relationships, and bound by the sinews of divine love? In the process of exploring this question, Hans Hummer offers a searching re-examination of kinship in Europe between late Roman times and the high middle ages, the period bridging Europe's primitive past and its modern future. Visions of Kinship in Medieval Europe critiques the modernist and Western bio-genealogical and functionalist assumptions that have shaped kinship studies since their inception in the nineteenth century, when Biblical time collapsed and kinship became a signifier of the essential secularity of history and a method for conceptualizing a deep prehistory guided by autogenous human impulses. Hummer argues that this understanding of kinship is fundamentally antagonistic to medieval sentiments and is responsible for the frustrations researchers have encountered as they have tried to identify the famously elusive kin groups of medieval Europe. He delineates an alternative ethnographic approach inspired by recent anthropological work that privileges indigenous expressions of kinship and the interpretive potential of native ontologies. This study reveals that kinship in the middle ages was not biological, primitive, or a regulator of social mechanisms; nor was it traceable by bio-genealogical connections. In the Middle Ages, kinship signified a sociality that flowed from convictions about the divine source of all things and which wove together families, institutions, and divinities into an expansive eschatological vision animated by 'the most righteous principle of love'.

A Corresponding Renaissance

Letters Written by Italian Women, 1375-1650
Author: Lisa Kaborycha
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199342433
Category: Renaissance
Page: 320
View: 2174
Women's vibrant presence in the Italian Renaissance has long been overlooked, with attention focused mainly on the artistic and intellectual achievements of their male counterparts. During this period, however, Italian women excelled especially as writers, and nowhere were they more expressive than in their letters. In A Corresponding Renaissance: Letters Written by Italian Women, 1375-1650 Lisa Kaborycha considers the lives and cultural contributions revealed by these women in their own words, through their correspondence. By turns highly personal, didactic, or devotional, these letters expose the daily realities of women's lives, their feelings, ideas, and reactions to the complex world in which they lived. Through their letters women emerge not merely as bystanders, but as true cultural protagonists in the Italian Renaissance. A Corresponding Renaissance is divided into eight thematic chapters, featuring fifty-five letters that are newly translated into English-many for the first time ever. Each of the letters is annotated and includes a brief biographical introduction and bibliographic references. The women come from all walks of life--saints, poets, courtesans and countesses--and from every geographic area of Italy; chronologically they span the entire Renaissance, with the majority representing the sixteenth century. Approximately one third of the selections are well-known letters, such as those of Catherine of Siena, Veronica Franco, and Isabella d'Este; the rest are lesser known, previously un-translated, or otherwise inaccessible.

Childhood, Class and Kin in the Roman World

Author: Suzanne Dixon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134563191
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 4298
It can be difficult to hear the voices of Roman children, women and slaves, given that most surviving texts of the period are by elite adult men. This volume redresses the balance. An international collection of expert contributors go beyond the usual canon of literary texts, and assess a vast range of evidence - inscriptions, burial data, domestic architecture, sculpture and the law, as well as Christian and dream-interpretation literature. Topics covered include: * child exposure and abandonment * children in imperial propaganda * reconstructing lower-class families * gender, burial and status * epitaphs and funerary monuments * adoption and late parenthood. The result is an up-to-date survey of some of the most exciting avenues currently being explored in Roman social history.

Language and Culture in the Growth of Imperialism

Author: Sharron Gu
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786468483
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 311
View: 3842
"This innovative study examines imperialism from a cultural and linguistic perspective, portraying the rise and fall of ancient Greek, Roman, medieval Islamic, modern British, Russian and American empires as a part of the natural life of world civilizations "--Provided by publisher.

The Oxford history of the classical world

Author: John Boardman,Jasper Griffin,Oswyn Murray
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198721123
Category: History
Page: 882
View: 7439
Provides an overview of classical Greek and Roman history, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, religion, government, and daily life

On the History of Economic Thought

Author: A. W. Bob Coats
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134918305
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 512
View: 9900
On the History of Economic Thought is introduced by an essay in intellectual autobiography outlining the development of Coats key ideas and the distinctive elements of his approach. Two themes in particular emerge. The first is the difference between British and American economics, both in content and in the practice of the profession. This is an important element in all areas of his research. The second theme is in the interrelationships between economic ideas, events (or conditions) and policy issues. The book concludes by offering an assessment of the current state of the discipline indicating the advantages an historian of economics can offer as a commentator on recent developments.

Arguments in Rhetoric Against Quintilian

Translation and Text of Peter Ramus's Rhetoricae Distinctiones in Quintilianum
Author: Peter Ramus
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 0809386143
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 234
View: 6790
First published in 1986, this book offers the Latin text and English translation of a pivotal work by one of the most influential and controversial writers of early modern times. Pierre de la Ramée, better known as Peter Ramus, was a college instructor in Paris who published a number of books attacking and attempting to refute foundational texts in philosophy and rhetoric. He began in the early 1540s with books on Aristotle—which were later banned and burned—and Cicero, and later, in 1549, he published Rhetoricae Distinctiones in Quintilianum. The purpose of Ramus’s book is announced in the opening paragraph of its dedication to Charles of Lorraine: “I have a single argument, a single subject matter, that the arts of dialectic and rhetoric have been confused by Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian. I have previously argued against Aristotle and Cicero. What objection then is there against calling Quintilian to the same account?” Carole Newlands’s excellent translation—the first in modern English—remains the standard English version. This volume also provides the original Latin text for comparative purposes. In addition, James J. Murphy’s insightful introduction places the text in historical perspective by discussing Ramus’s life and career, the development of his ideas, and the milieu in which his writings were produced. This edition includes an updated bibliography of works concerning Ramus, rhetoric, and related topics.

Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance

Italy, France, and England
Author: Diana Maury Robin,Anne R. Larsen,Carole Levin
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851097724
Category: History
Page: 459
View: 1831
Presents biographical and topical information on the contributions made by women during the Renaissance in such fields as medicine, religion, and art.

Northern Renaissance Art

Author: Susie Nash
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0192842692
Category: Art
Page: 384
View: 9630
This book offers a wide-ranging introduction to the way that art was made, valued, and viewed in northern Europe in the age of the Renaissance, from the late fourteenth to the early years of the sixteenth century. Drawing on a rich range of sources, from inventories and guild regulations to poetry and chronicles, it examines everything from panel paintings to carved altarpieces.While many little-known works are foregrounded, Susie Nash also presents new ways of viewing and understanding the more familiar, such as the paintings of Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, and Hans Memling, by considering the social and economic context of their creation and reception. Throughout, Nash challenges the perception that Italy was the European leader in artistic innovation at this time, demonstrating forcefully that Northern art, and particularly that of the Southern Netherlands,dominated visual culture throughout Europe in this crucial period.

Dreams and the Invisible World in Colonial New England

Indians, Colonists, and the Seventeenth Century
Author: Ann Marie Plane
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812246357
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 5328
From angels to demonic specters, astonishing visions to devilish terrors, dreams inspired, challenged, and soothed the men and women of seventeenth-century New England. English colonists considered dreams to be fraught messages sent by nature, God, or the Devil; Indians of the region often welcomed dreams as events of tremendous significance. Whether the inspirational vision of an Indian sachem or the nightmare of a Boston magistrate, dreams were treated with respect and care by individuals and their communities. Dreams offered entry to "invisible worlds" that contained vital knowledge not accessible by other means and were viewed as an important source of guidance in the face of war, displacement, shifts in religious thought, and intercultural conflict. Using firsthand accounts of dreams as well as evolving social interpretations of them, Dreams and the Invisible World in Colonial New England explores these little-known aspects of colonial life as a key part of intercultural contact. With themes touching on race, gender, emotions, and interior life, this book reveals the nighttime visions of both colonists and Indians. Ann Marie Plane examines beliefs about faith, providence, power, and the unpredictability of daily life to interpret both the dreams themselves and the act of dream reporting. Through keen analysis of the spiritual and cosmological elements of the early modern world, Plane fills in a critical dimension of the emotional and psychological experience of colonialism.

Inspiration and Authority in the Middle Ages

Prophets and Their Critics from Scholasticism to Humanism
Author: Brian FitzGerald
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198808240
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 7737
Inspiration and Authority in the Middle Ages rethinks the role of prophecy in the Middle Ages by examining how professional theologians responded to new assertions of divine inspiration. Drawing on fresh archival research and detailed study of unpublished manuscript sources from the twelfth to fourteenth centuries, this volume argues that the task of defining prophetic authority became a crucial intellectual and cultural enterprise as university-trained theologians confronted prophetic claims from lay mystics, radical Franciscans, and other unprecedented visionaries. In the process, these theologians redescribed their own activities as prophetic by locating inspiration not in special predictions or ecstatic visions but in natural forms of understanding and in the daily work of ecclesiastical teaching and ministry. Instead of containing the spread of prophetic privilege, however, scholastic assessments of prophecy from Peter Lombard and Thomas Aquinas to Peter John Olivi and Nicholas Trevet opened space for claims of divine insight to proliferate beyond the control of theologians. By the turn of the fourteenth century, secular Italian humanists could lay claim to prophetic authority on the basis of their intellectual powers and literary practices. From Hugh of St Victor to Albertino Mussato, reflections on and debates over prophecy reveal medieval clerics, scholars, and reformers reshaping the contours of religious authority, the boundaries of sanctity and sacred texts, and the relationship of tradition to the new voices of the Late Middle Ages.

The Ages of the World

Author: Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von Schelling
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791444177
Category: Philosophy
Page: 152
View: 6451
Schelling's never completed "masterpiece", translated here with an introduction covering Schelling's life, other works, and a brief analysis of The Ages of the World by Wirth (philosophy, Ogelthorpe U.), explores the question of time as the relationship between poetry and philosophy. Contemporary philosophers herald this work as a predecessor to the modern debates about post-modernity and the limits of dialectical thinking.

The Portrait of a Lady (Annotated - Includes Essay and Biography)

Author: Henry James
Publisher: Golgotha Press
ISBN: 1610426827
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
View: 6950
The Portrait of a Lady is a novel about a privileged Victorian woman, Isabel Archer, and how her life evolves due to the choices she makes. Isabel is from a genteel family of Albany, New York who comes of age in the late 1860s. Independent and educated for her time, she had been raised by her father after the early death of her mother. Isabel is very bright and intimidates the young men around her; she has one serious suitor, Caspar Goodwood, a man with very good prospects, whom she spurns.

Corpus Christi

The Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture
Author: Miri Rubin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521438056
Category: History
Page: 432
View: 9751
A paperback edition of Miri Rubin's highly successful study of the meaning of the eucharist, c. 1150-1500.

Izaak Walton's The compleat angler

the art of recreation
Author: Jonquil Bevan,Izaak Walton
Publisher: N.A
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 147
View: 1086

Medieval Italy

An Encyclopedia
Author: Christopher Kleinhenz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135948801
Category: History
Page: 2160
View: 7730
This Encyclopedia gathers together the most recent scholarship on Medieval Italy, while offering a sweeping view of all aspects of life in Italy during the Middle Ages. This two volume, illustrated, A-Z reference is a cross-disciplinary resource for information on literature, history, the arts, science, philosophy, and religion in Italy between A.D. 450 and 1375. For more information including the introduction, a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample pages, and more, visit the Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia website.

Cultures of Plague

Medical thinking at the end of the Renaissance
Author: Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0199574022
Category: Medical
Page: 356
View: 6060
Cultures of Plague highlights this most feared epidemic, one that threatened Italy top to toe from 1575 to 1578 and unleashed an avalanche of plague writing. In the heartland of Counter-Reformation Italy, physicians along with those outside the profession questioned the foundations of Galenic and Renaissance medicine, even the role of God.

A Guide to Old English

Author: Bruce Mitchell,Fred C. Robinson
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 1405146907
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 448
View: 9543
The seventh edition of this popular introduction to Old English language and literature retains the general structure and style of previous editions, but has been updated, and includes two new, much-requested texts: the Cotton Gnomes and Wulfstan’s Sermo Lupia ad Anglos – and two new appendices: A List of Linguistic Terms Used in This Book and The Moods of Old English. Provides a range of helpful pedagogical tools: a map of Anglo-Saxon England, notes, a glossary, indexes to Part I, and a general introduction to Anglo-Saxon studies. Contains a special "How to Use this Guide" section, to aid both self-study and classroom use.

The Fields of Britannia

Author: Ben Pears
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199645825
Category: Great Britain
Page: 480
View: 3163
It has long been recognized that the landscape of Britain is one of the 'richest historical records we possess', but just how old is it? The Fields of Britannia is the first book to explore how far the countryside of Roman Britain has survived in use through to the present day, shaping the character of our modern countryside. Commencing with a discussion of the differing views of what happened to the landscape at the end of Roman Britain, the volume then brings together the results from hundreds of archaeological excavations and palaeoenvironmental investigations in order to map patterns of land-use across Roman and early medieval Britain. In compiling such extensive data, the volume is able to reconstruct regional variations in Romano-British and early medieval land-use using pollen, animal bones, and charred cereal grains to demonstrate that agricultural regimes varied considerably and were heavily influenced by underlying geology. We are shown that, in the fifth and sixth centuries, there was a shift away from intensive farming but very few areas of the landscape were abandoned completely. What is revealed is a surprising degree of continuity: the Roman Empire may have collapsed, but British farmers carried on regardless, and the result is that now, across large parts of Britain, many of these Roman field systems are still in use.

The Literary World

A Monthly Review of Current Literature
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Literature
Page: N.A
View: 7346