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Sarah Fourcade : La noblesse à la conquête du livre. France, v. 1300-v. 1530

Comment le livre, objet a priori étranger à la vocation guerrière du second ordre, est-il devenu, dans les derniers siècles du Moyen Âge, l’un des outils privilégiés de la noblesse laïque francophone ? S’inscrivant dans une démarche résolument synthétique et fondé sur un corpus composé de près de neuf cents individus (possesseurs de manuscrits, écrivains, poètes et rédacteurs d’écrits privés), cet ouvrage ambitionne de retracer (...)

Julien Le Mauff : Généalogie de la raison d’État. L’exception souveraine du Moyen Âge au baroque

L’exception à la loi comme attribut de la souveraineté : ainsi s’inventerait la modernité politique, qui fait s’évanouir les règles du bon gouvernement. Son examen, jusqu’à la raison d’État, peut en effet révéler la formation de la gouvernementalité moderne. TABLE DES MATIÈRES Abréviations 11 Préface 13 Introduction générale 19 PREMIÈRE PARTIE NÉCESSITÉ, UTILITÉ ET POSSIBILITÉ DE L’EXCEPTION Le pouvoir selon Jean de (...)

Denis Hayot : L’architecture fortifiée capétienne au XIIIe siècle. Un paradigme à l’échelle du royaume,

Le problème du « château philippien », avec ses tours rondes, ses anquements systématiques et ses archères en sifflet, hante la castellologie européenne depuis plus de 50 ans. Pour faire avancer cette question, Denis Hayot n’a pas hésité à reprendre un à un tous les sites fortifiés du XIIIe siècle dans le royaume de France. Il en est sorti une thèse éblouissante, dont beaucoup ont entendu parler, mais que peu ont pu lire. Le (...)

Matthew Gabriele, David Perry : The Bright Ages. A New History of Medieval Europe

The word “medieval” conjures images of the “Dark Ages”—centuries of ignorance, superstition, stasis, savagery, and poor hygiene. But the myth of darkness obscures the truth; this was a remarkable period in human history. The Bright Ages recasts the European Middle Ages for what it was, capturing this 1,000-year era in all its complexity and fundamental humanity, bringing to light both its beauty and its horrors. The (...)

Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Joshua O'Driscoll (dir.) : Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, 800-1500

Focusing on production and patronage, this new volume features over 150 images of magnificently illustrated books and precious bindings, drawn largely from North American collections. The book’s three sections are arranged chronologically, yet in each case with a different thematic focus. Opening with a look at the precedents set by the Carolingian forerunners of the Empire, the first section considers deluxe (...)

Mario Damen, Kim Overlaet (éd.) : Constructing and Representing Territory in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

In recent political and legal history, scholars seldom specify how and why they use the concept of territory. In research on state-formation processes and nation building, for instance, the term mostly designates an enclosed geographical area ruled by a central government. Inspired by ideas from political geographers, this book explores the layered and constantly changing meanings of territory in late medieval (...)

Yossi Maurey : Liturgy and Sequences of the Sainte-Chapelle. Music, Relics, and Sacral Kingship in Thirteenth-Century France

The book revolves around some of the most important relics of Christendom — chief among them the Crown of Thorns — and the ways in which they became, effectively, personal objects of devotion, notwithstanding their ostensibly universal appeal. It was France that laid claim to the Passion and other relics in the middle of the thirteenth century in a campaign that involved the construction of a new magnificent (...)

Julia Exarchos : Liturgy, Society, and Politics. Liturgical Performance and Codification in the High Middle Ages

The book addresses the significance of the liturgy in medieval society. While historical studies of the liturgy and liturgical texts have up until now focused predominantly on their theological and practical liturgical context, this investigation turns to examine the political and social significance of the liturgy and its texts. The study explores both the liturgical acts themselves and the complex codification (...)

Judith A. Green : The Normans. Power, Conquest and Culture in 11th Century Europe

In the eleventh century the climate was improving, population was growing, and people were on the move. The Norman dynasty ranged across Europe, led by men who achieved lasting fame like William the Conqueror and Robert Guiscard. These figures cultivated an image of unstoppable Norman success and their victories make for a great story, but how much of it is true? In this insightful history, Judith Green (...)

Andrew Latham : Medieval Sovereignty. Past Imperfect

Through a focused and systematic examination of medieval theologians, philosophers, and jurists, Andrew Latham explores how ideas about supreme political authority—sovereignty—first emerged during the high medieval period. The author provides a new model for understanding the concept of sovereignty, and traces its roots, not to the early modern or late medieval eras as do all other accounts, but to the High Middle (...)