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Medieval Thought and Historiography

1st Edition

By Giles Constable


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We assume that we have a clear understanding of how people in the Middle Ages thought and which attitudes they struck but in reality this is a subject of enormous complexity of which conclusions can only be drawn via painstaking archival research and decades of study. Giles Constable has spent a career analysing these forces and impulses and this new collection draws together his major findings on a host of topics including frontiers, metaphors, religious life and spirituality, and concepts of political theory.

Table of Contents




1. Frontiers in the Middle Ages

Frontiers in the Middle Ages. Proceedings of the Third European Congress of Medieval Studies (Jyväskylä, 10-14 June 2003), ed. O. Merisalo with the collaboration of P. Pahta (Fédération internationale des Instituts d’études médévales: Textes et études du Moyen Âge, 35; Louvain-la-Neuve, 2006), pp. 3-28

2. Medieval Latin Metaphors

Viator 38.2 (2007), pp. 1-20

3. Metaphors for Religion Life in the Middle Ages

Revue Mabillon, NS 18 (2008), pp. 231-242

4. The Abstraction of Personal Qualities in the Middle Ages

Unverwechselbarkeit. Persönliche Identität und Identifikation in der vormodernen Gesellschaft, ed. Peter von Moos (Köln-Weimar-Wein, 2004), pp. 99-122

5. L’idea di innovazione nel XII secolo

Il secolo XII: la <renovation> dell’ Europa cristiana. Atti della XLIII settimana di studio, Trento, 11-15 settembre 2000, eds. Giles Constable, Giorgio Cracco, Hagen Keller, and Diego Quaglioni (Instituto trentino di cultura. Annali dell’Instituto storico italo-germanico in Trento. Quaderni, 62; Bologna, 2003), pp. 35-66

6. The Relation between the Sun and the Moon in Medieval Thought (to 1200)

Scientia veritatis. Festschrift für Hubert Mordek zum 65. Geburtstag, eds. Oliver Münsch and Thomas Zotz (Ostfildern, 2004), pp. 327-336

7. The Dislocation of Jerusalem in the Middle Ages

Norm und Krise von Kommunikation… Für Peter von Moos, eds. Alois Hahn, Gert Melville, and Werner Röcke (Geschichte, Forschung und Wissenschaft, 24; Berlin, 2006), pp. 355-370

8. The Crow of St Vincent: on the Continuity of a Hagiographical Motif

Institution und Charisma. Festschrift für Gert Melville zum 65. Geburtstag, eds. Franz J. Felten, Annette Kehnel, and Stefan Weinfurter (Köln-Weimar-Wein, 2009), pp. 319-330

9. The Concept of Princeps in Gratian’s Decretum

Le Prince, son people et le bien commun. De l’Antiquité tardive à la fin du Moyen Âge, eds. Hervé Oudart, Jean-Michel Picard, and Joëlle Quaghebeur (Rennes, 2013), pp. 115-124

10. ‘Love and Do What You Will’: The Medieval History of an Augustinian Precept

The Morton W. Bloomfield Lectures, 1989-2005, eds. Daniel Donoghue, James Simpson, and Nicholas Watson (Kalamazoo, 2010), pp. 65-93

11. Monastic Letter Writing in the Middle Ages

Filologia mediolatina. Studies in Medieval Latin Texts and their Transmission (Rivista della Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, 11; Florence, 2004), pp. 1-24

12. Communications between Religious Houses in the Middle Ages

Die Ordnung der Kommunikation und die Kommunikation der Ordernungen. Band 1: Netzwerke: Klöster und Orden im Europa des 12. Und 13. Jahrhunderts, eds. Cristina Andenna, Klaus Herbers, and Gert Melville (Villa Vigoni, Aurora Band 1.1; Stuttgart, 2012), pp. 165-180

13. The Future of Cluniac Studies

The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, 1 (2012), pp. 1-16

14. Religious History

Omaggio al medioevo. I primi cinquanta anni del Centro Italiano di studi sull’alto medioevo di Spoleto, ed. Enrico Menestò (Spoleto, 2004), pp. 55-70

15. From church history to religion culture: the study of medieval religion life and spirituality

European Religious Cultures: Essays offered to Christopher Brooke on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, ed. Miri Rubin (London, 2008), pp. 3-16

16. Introduction

Medieval Scholarship: Biographical Studies on the Formation of a Discipline, 1: History, eds. Helen Damico and Joseph Zavadil (New York and London, 1995), pp. xiii-xxvii

17. The Many Middle Ages: Medieval Studies in Europe as Seen from America

Perspectives des Études Médiévales en Europe. Actes du premier Congrès européen d’ Études Médiévales (Spoleto, 27-29 mai 1993), ed. Jacqueline Hamesse (Fédération internationale des Instituts d’études médiévales: Textes et études du Moyen Âge, 3; Louvain-la-Neuve, 1995), pp. 1-22

About the Author

Giles Constable is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval