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Reflecting Mirrors, East and West. Transcultural Comparisons of Advice Literature for Rulers (8th - 13th century)

Enrico Boccaccini

BOCCACCINI Enrico, Reflecting Mirrors, East and West : Transcultural Comparisons of Advice Literature for Rulers (8th - 13th century), Leyde, Édition Brill, 2022.

ISBN : 978-90-04-49892-1

In Reflecting Mirrors, East and West Enrico Boccaccini sheds new light on Mirrors for Princes, the pre-modern genre of advice literature for rulers. A popular genre in the societies that emerged from the Late Antique oecumene, Mirrors for Princes are considered here, for the first time, as a transcultural phenomenon that challenges the dichotomy of the Orient and the Occident. Traditionally, the historiographic tradition has viewed ‘European’ and ‘Middle Eastern’ Mirrors as distinct and incommensurable. Analyzing the contents and discourses in four Mirrors, ostensibly separated by space, time and language, Enrico Boccaccini convincingly draws out the surprising continuities between these texts, while also showing how they are embedded in their own historical, literary and political context.

Table des matières

Front Matter
Preliminary Material
Pages : i–xi

Copyright Page



Notes on transliteration and style


Pages : 1–25
Chapter 1 The Traditions

Pages : 26–73
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Chapter 2 The Texts

Pages : 74–114
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Chapter 3 The Advice

Pages : 115–180
Chapter 4 The Advisors

Pages : 181–241

Pages : 242–262
Back Matter

Pages : 263–272