By Jacques Le Goff
Si toute société, toute époque a son imaginaire, certaines semblent en receler plus que d'autres ou lui donner une significance plus grande. Ainsi en allait-il des hommes et des femmes de l'Occident médiéval. Immergés dans un monde de réalités cachées qu'ils considéraient comme plus réelles et plus vraies que celles saisies par leurs sens extérieurs, ils se nourrissaient de cet imaginaire que leur fournissaient les sens intérieurs dont l'Église leur enseignait qu'ils leur apportaient les messages de Dieu - à moins que devil ne se fût glissé en eux.
On verra ici, dans ce «long» Moyen Âge qui pour Jacques Le Goff aborde jusqu'à nos rivages, l'univers a number of et conflictuel du merveilleux, les photographs de l'espace et du temps de l'ici-bas et de l'au-delà, les représentations du corps et leur saisie par l'idéologie, les codes symboliques et les métaphores littéraires qui ont permis de penser le monde et l. a. société. Les attitudes à l'égard des rêves fournissent un observatoire privilégié : d'une Antiquité passionnée par l'oniromancie, remark est-on passé à los angeles révolution répressive que le christianisme a fait subir à l'interprétation des rêves et quels enjeux de fond révèle leur retour en strength à partir du XIIe siècle ? Et, à l. a. suite du Marc Bloch des Rois thaumaturges, quelle position faire à l'imaginaire dans le retour à l'histoire politique de l'anthropologie historique ?
L'imaginaire, un des grands acteurs de l'histoire.
By Janni Lee Simner
The most recent YA fable e-book from Bones of Faerie writer Janni Lee Simner!
After her mom mysteriously disappears, sixteen-year-old Haley convinces her father to take her to Iceland, the place her mom used to be final visible. There, amidst the traditional fissures and crevices of that volcanic island, Haley meets beautiful Ari, a boy with a perilous part who appoints himself her protector.
When Haley choices up a silver coin that entangles her in a spell forged through her ancestor Hallgerd, she discovers that Hallgerd's spell and her mother's disappearance are attached to a series of occasions which could unharness terrifying powers and eat the realm. Haley needs to give you the option to include the starting to be fires of the spell—and her transforming into charm to Ari.
Janni Lee Simner brings the fierce romance and violent passions of Iceland's medieval sagas into this twenty-first-century novel, with spellbinding results.
From the Hardcover edition.
By Richard F. Johnson
The cult and legends of St Michael the archangel have been frequent in medieval England, and this booklet - the 1st full-length research of the topic - deals a accomplished exam in their genesis and diffusion. half I identifies and analyses the troubles, conflicts, and roles with which St Michael is linked, from scriptural and apocryphal literature via to the homiletic literature of the medieval interval. half II starts with a dialogue of the vernacular recensions of the preferred account of the archangel's earthly interventions, and is going directly to survey the mythical money owed in previous English, Anglo-Norman, and center English of the archangel and his roles as father or mother, intercessor, psychopomp, and warrior-angel follows. The Appendices include the 1st English translation of the archangel's hagiographic foundation-myth; an annotated bibliographical checklist and motif index of textual fabrics with regards to the archangel; and an essay at the iconographic representations of the archangel in medieval England. RICHARD F. JOHNSON is Assistant Professor of English at William Rainey Harper collage.
By Carlo Ginzburg
For hundreds of years witches on trial admitted to playing grotesque "sabbaths" the place they solid spells, worshipped a bestial satan, enacted obscenely blasphemous rites or even gobbled corpses. Many students think that such confessions, frequently enacted lower than torture have been only a mirrored image in their persecutors' fantasies. definitely as Carlo Ginzburg exhibits, witch hunters tailored the stereotypes prior used to descredit and persecute lepers and Jews.
By John Guy
A revisionist new biography reintroducing readers to 1 of the main subversive figures in English history—the guy who sought to reform a state, dared to defy his king, and laid down his lifestyles to guard his sacred honor
Becket’s lifestyles tale has been usually informed yet by no means so incisively reexamined and vividly rendered because it is in John Guy’s fingers. The son of middle-class Norman mom and dad, Becket rose opposed to all odds to develop into the second one strongest guy in England. As King Henry II’s chancellor, Becket charmed potentates and popes, tamed overmighty barons, or even for my part led knights into conflict. After his royal customer increased him to archbishop of Canterbury in 1162, notwithstanding, Becket clashed with the King. pressured to choose from fealty to the crown and the values of his religion, he again and again challenged Henry’s authority to carry the church to heel. Drawing at the complete panoply of medieval resources, man sheds new mild at the dating among the 2 males, separates fact from centuries of mythmaking, and casts doubt at the long-held assumption that the headstrong opponents have been as soon as shut acquaintances. He additionally offers the fullest accounting but for Becket’s possible radical transformation from worldly bureaucrat to religious guy of God.
here's a Becket seldom glimpsed in any earlier biography, a guy of many aspects and faces: the expert warrior as cozy unhorsing an opponent in unmarried strive against as he was once negotiating phrases of quit; the canny diplomat “with the urge for food of a wolf” who abruptly turned the religious paragon of the English church; and the ascetic insurgent who waged a high-stakes contest of wills with essentially the most volcanic monarchs of the center a long time. pushed into exile, derided through his enemies as an ungrateful upstart, Becket back to Canterbury within the unlikeliest guise of all: as an avenging angel of God, wielding his energy of excommunication like a sword. it really is this final apparition, the single for which historical past recollects him most sensible, that might result in his martyrdom by the hands of the king’s minions—a grisly episode that man recounts in chilling and dramatic detail.
An uncommonly intimate portrait of 1 of the medieval world’s so much magnetic figures, Thomas Becket breathes new lifestyles into its subject—cementing all the time his position as an everlasting icon of resistance to the abuse of power.
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By Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
"Some specific books i discovered beneficial for A video game of Thrones and its sequels deserve mention... Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City, either via Joseph and Frances Gies." —George R.R. Martin, writer of the sequence A tune of Ice and Fire
Medieval heritage comes alive in Frances and Joseph Gies’s lifestyles in a Medieval urban, used as a examine source by means of George R. R. Martin in growing the area of A online game of Thrones.
Reissued for the 1st time in many years, existence in a Medieval urban is the vintage account of the yr 1250 within the urban of Troyes, in modern day France. Acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies specialize in a excessive aspect of medieval civilization—before battle and the Black demise ravaged Europe—providing a desirable window into the sophistication of a interval we too usually push aside as backward.
Urban lifestyles within the center a while revolved round the domestic, usually a mixed-use living for burghers with a shop or workshop at the floor flooring and residing quarters upstairs. A built economic system, concentrating on textiles, farming, and fiscal providers, might be present in town middle, the place craftsmen competed for company whereas adhering to the guilds’ codes of behavior. there have been colleges for the kids, notwithstanding in basic terms boys may possibly attend and the teachings have been taught in Latin via a clergyman. The church was once a hub of either non secular and civic lifestyles; companies have been full of life and jam-packed with track, and baptisms and different specific events introduced friends jointly to have fun. The weddings of wealthier townsfolk have been lavish affairs filled with music and dance and consuming that may occasionally final for weeks.
“An excellently written account of what's identified of the lifetime of medieval burghers.”—Library Journal
By Norman Cohn
The center a long time inherited from antiquity a practice of prophecy and gave it new existence. this practice foretold a millennium during which humanity could get pleasure from a brand new paradise on the earth, unfastened from agony and sin. this is often the tale of these millenarian fanaticisms, and issues to their patience within the smooth period.
This quantity examines the commercial heritage of Europe, the industrial supplier and rules throughout the heart a while.
By Gerald of Wales
Gerald of Wales used to be one of the so much dynamic and interesting churchmen of the 12th century. A member of 1 of the major Norman households occupied with the invasion of eire, he first visited there in 1183 and later back within the entourage of Henry II. The ensuing Topographia Hiberniae is a rare account of his travels.
Here he describes landscapes, fish, birds and animals; recounts the background of Ireland's rulers; and tells fantastical tales of magic wells and lethal whirlpools, unknown creatures and evil spirits. Written from the viewpoint of an invader and reformer, this paintings has been rightly criticized for its portrait of a primitive land, but it's also probably the most vital resources for what's identified of eire throughout the heart a long time.
By Nancy Marie Brown
In The Abacus and the Cross, Nancy Marie Brown skillfully explores the recent studying Gerbert dropped at Europe. a desirable narrative of 1 impressive math instructor, The Abacus and the Cross will captivate readers of background, technology, and faith alike.