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Communicating Papal Authority in the Middle Ages

Communicating Papal Authority in the Middle Ages

1st Edition

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Edited By Minoru Ozawa, Thomas W. Smith, Georg Strack
February 17, 2023

This book bridges Japanese and European scholarly approaches to ecclesiastical history to provide new insights into how the papacy conceptualised its authority and attempted to realise and communicate that authority in ecclesiastical and secular spheres across Christendom. Adopting a broad, yet ...

Networking in Late Medieval Central Europe Friends, Families, Foes

Networking in Late Medieval Central Europe: Friends, Families, Foes

1st Edition

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Edited By Beata Możejko, Anna Paulina Orłowska, Leslie Carr-Riegel
February 10, 2023

Exploring the formation of networks across late medieval Central Europe, this book examines the complex interaction of merchants, students, artists and diplomats in a web of connections that linked the region. These individuals were friends in business ventures, occasionally families, and not ...

The ‘Other’, Identity, and Memory in Early Medieval Italy

The ‘Other’, Identity, and Memory in Early Medieval Italy

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By Luigi Andrea Berto
November 30, 2022

The political fragmentation of Italy—created by Charlemagne’s conquest of a part of the Lombard kingdom in 774 and the weakening of the Byzantine Empire in the eighth and ninth centuries—, the conquest of Sicily by the Muslims in the ninth century, and the Norman ‘conquest’ of southern Italy in the...

The Friar and the Philosopher William of Moerbeke and the Rise of Aristotle’s Science in Medieval Europe

The Friar and the Philosopher: William of Moerbeke and the Rise of Aristotle’s Science in Medieval Europe

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By Pieter Beullens
November 10, 2022

William of Moerbeke was a prolific medieval translator of Aristotle and other ancient philosophical and scientific authors from Greek into Latin, and he played a decisive role in the acceptance of Aristotelian philosophy in the Latin world. He is often criticized for an allegedly deficient ...

Franks and Lombards in Italian Carolingian Texts Memories of the Vanquished

Franks and Lombards in Italian Carolingian Texts: Memories of the Vanquished

1st Edition

Edited By Luigi Andrea Berto
August 29, 2022

Franks and Lombards in Italian Carolingian Texts examines how historians of Carolingian Italy portrayed the history of the Lombards, Charlemagne’s conquest of the Lombard kingdom, and the presence of the Franks in the Italian Ppeninsula. The different contexts and periods in which these writers ...

Making Miracles in Medieval England

Making Miracles in Medieval England

1st Edition

By Tom Lynch
August 05, 2022

The cult of the saints was central to medieval Christianity largely due to the miraculous. Saints were members of the elect of heaven and could intercede with God on the behalf of supplicants. Whilst people visited shrines and prayed to the saints for many reasons it was the hope of intercession ...

The Triumph of an Accursed Lineage Kingship in Castile from Alfonso X to Alfonso XI (1252-1350)

The Triumph of an Accursed Lineage: Kingship in Castile from Alfonso X to Alfonso XI (1252-1350)

1st Edition

By Fernando Arias Guillén
August 01, 2022

The Triumph of an Accursed Lineage analyses kingship in Castile between 1252 and 1350, with a particular focus on the pivotal reign of Alfonso XI (r. 1312–1350). This century witnessed significant changes in the ways in which the Castilian monarchy constructed and represented its power in this ...

Adam of Bremen’s Gesta Hammaburgensis Ecclesiae Pontificum Origins, Reception and Significance

Adam of Bremen’s Gesta Hammaburgensis Ecclesiae Pontificum: Origins, Reception and Significance

1st Edition

Edited By Grzegorz Bartusik, Radosław Biskup, Jakub Morawiec
July 29, 2022

Adam of Bremen’s Gesta Hammaburgensis Ecclesiae Pontificum is one of the most important accounts documenting the history, geography and ethnology of Northern and Central-Eastern Europe in the period between the ninth and eleventh centuries. Its author, a canon of the archdiocese of Hamburg-Bremen, ...

Fragmented Nature: Medieval Latinate Reasoning on the Natural World and Its Order

Fragmented Nature: Medieval Latinate Reasoning on the Natural World and Its Order

1st Edition

Edited By Mattia Cipriani, Nicola Polloni
June 10, 2022

The Latin Middle Ages were characterised by a vast array of different representations of nature. These conceptualisations of the natural world were developed according to the specific requirements of many different disciplines, with the consequent result of producing a fragmentation of images of ...

Food Consumption in Medieval Iberia A Socio-economic Analysis, 13th-15th Centuries

Food Consumption in Medieval Iberia: A Socio-economic Analysis, 13th-15th Centuries

1st Edition

By Juan Vicente García Marsilla
May 16, 2022

From the banquets of kings and nobles to the daily struggle for the subsistence of the poor, food was already much more than a biological necessity in the Middle Ages: it was a social phenomenon full of meaning. In this book all the implications and meanings that food had on the Iberian Peninsula ...

Early Medieval Venice Cultural Memory and History

Early Medieval Venice: Cultural Memory and History

1st Edition

By Luigi Andrea Berto
April 29, 2022

Early Medieval Venice examines the significant changes that Venice underwent between the late-sixth and the early-eleventh centuries. From the periphery of the Byzantine Empire, Venice acquired complete independence and emerged as the major power in the Adriatic area. It also avoided absorption by ...

From Justinian to Branimir The Making of the Middle Ages in Dalmatia

From Justinian to Branimir: The Making of the Middle Ages in Dalmatia

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By Danijel Džino
April 29, 2022

From Justinian to Branimir explores the social and political transformation of Dalmatia between c.500 and c.900 AD. The collapse of Dalmatia in the early seventh century is traditionally ascribed to the Slav migrations. However, more recent scholarship has started to challenge this theory, looking...

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