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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 (...)

Djro Bilestone R. Kouamenan : Le roi, son favori et les barons. Légitimation et délégitimation du pouvoir royal en Angleterre et en France aux XIVe et XVe siècles

Die politische Rolle des Favoriten und die Art seiner Beziehung zum König sind in der Forschung oft nicht klar gesehen worden, da in den Diskursen des frühen und späten Mittelalters die besondere Nähe zum Herrscher regelmäßig in der Sprache der Liebe und in Gesten der körperlichen Nähe und Intimität zum Ausdruck kam. So entstand der Eindruck, dass der König aus homosexueller Neigung seinem Günstling übermäßigen Einfluss (...)

Pierre Bauduin, Simon Lebouteiller, Luc Bourgeois (dir.) : Les transferts culturels dans les mondes normands médiévaux (VIIIe–XIIe siècle) : objets, acteurs et passeurs

The objects of cultural transfers are innumerable. Their study is particularly important to understanding the medieval Norman worlds and their multiple interconnections with the Scandinavian world, the British Isles, Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean. While examining the processes of transmission, reception, adaptation, adoption, or rejection, this book highlights how these dynamics influenced cultures (...)

Collectif : Entre réel et imaginaire : les animaux dans l’histoire, l’art et la littérature à l’époque bourguignonne (XIVe-XVIe siècles)

Table des matières : François Duceppe-Lamarre, Une cohabitation ordonné avec l’animal sauvage sous Philippe le Hardi  ? Le cas de la résidence ducale d’Hesdin entre 1399 et 1404 Victorien Leman, Maîtriser la Création. Animaux et discours politique dans les résidences des ducs de Bourgogne à la fin du Moyen Âge Alain Marchandisse et Bertrand Schnerb, Belle et ses amis. Le lévrier à la cour de Bourgogne sous Philippe le (...)

Jean-Pol Évrard (éd.) : L’abbaye de Lisle-en-Barrois. Origines, histoire et chartes (1143-1226)

Si l’histoire des grandes abbayes cisterciennes est bien connue, il n’en va pas de même pour des abbayes de moindre dimension, comme celles qui se sont implantées dans le diocèse de Verdun : Lachalade, Châtillon-en-Woëvre et Lisle (par la suite transférée du Verdunois au Barrois). Mais tel était le cas de bien d’autres monastères cisterciens que l’histoire des grandes abbayes de l’ordre (Cîteaux, Morimond, Clairvaux, (...)