The Perception of the past in twelfth-century Europe

  title={The Perception of the past in twelfth-century Europe},
  author={Paul Magdalino},
The way people see the past tells us much about their present interests and about their sense of identity. This book examines both what men of the day knew about their past, and in particular about the Roman Empire, and shows how such knowledge was used to authenticate claims and attitudes. These original essays, by distinguished scholars, are wide-ranging both geographically, from Russia to Iberia, and in scope, dealing with legal, ecclesiastical, noble and scholarly attitudes. 

Byzantium and France: the Twelfth Century Renaissance and the Birth of the Medieval Romance

This work hopes to fill the need for a complete treatment of the question of possible influence of the Hellenistic and Byzantine romance on the Old French romance of the twelfth century. Adopting a

Mutatio dexteræ Excelsi: Narratives of Transformation after the Conquest

In 1860, Jacob burckhardt devoted a section of The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy to “The Development of the Individual,” arguing that it was with the Italian renaissance that “man became a

Remembering the First Crusade : Latin narrative histories, 1099-c.1300

The success of the First Crusade by the Christian armies caught the interest and arrested the imagination of contemporaries, stimulating the production of a large number of historical narratives.

Royal Rulership in the Tenth and Early Eleventh Centuries:German and Italian Approaches in Dialogue

ENGLISH: Over the last few decades, German and Italian scholarships in the field of medieval constitutional history widened their traditional differences in research approach, as the studies on

The Past Is a Foreign Country—Revisited

Introduction Part I. Wanting the Past: 1. Nostalgia: dreams and nightmares 2. Time travelling 3. Benefits and burdens of the past Part II. Disputing the Past: 4. Ancients vs moderns: tradition and

The Anglo-Saxons and the Christianization of Scandinavia

St Anskar, a monk of Corbie and Corvey, is often referred to as the ‘Apostle of the North’. In 826 he was attached to the retinue of Harald, king of Denmark, upon the king's baptism at the court of

Memory and Propaganda in Venice after the Fourth Crusade

By examining the first Venetian chronicle written after the Fourth Crusade, the Historia ducum Venetorum (1102–1229), this article shows how the Venetian ruling elites wanted to present their recent

The Topical Concerns of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britannie: History, Prophecy, Peacemaking, and English Identity in the Twelfth Century

  • P. Dalton
  • History, Economics
    The Journal of British Studies
  • 2005
T Historia Regum Britannie (Historia) of Geoffrey of Monmouth has been described as ‘‘one of the most influential books of history that has ever been written,’’ and the man who produced it as ‘‘among

Small-town conflict in the later Middle Ages: events at Shipston-on-Stour

The seventeenth-century Worcestershire antiquarian Thomas Habington knew of great agitations around 1400 at Shipston-on-Stour, a manor of Worcester Cathedral Priory. He reported that after an

The voice of the king in ‘King Edgar's Establishment of Monasteries’

  • D. Pratt
  • Linguistics
    Anglo-Saxon England
  • 2012
Abstract The Old English text by Æthelwold, bishop of Winchester, known as ‘King Edgar's Establishment of Monasteries’ (EEM) is here viewed as an expression of royal ideology. The article argues that