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Cultures of Power: Lordship, Status, and Process in Twelfth-Century Europe

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The authors of "Cultures of Power" proffer diverse perspectives on the prehistory of government in Northern France, Spain, Germany, the Low Countries, and England. Political, social, ecclesiastical, and cultural history are brought to bear on topics such as aristocracies, women, rituals, commemoration, and manifestations of power through literary, legal, and scriptural ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published January 1st 1995)
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Mostly of interest for Stephen Jaeger's article on courtliness and social change, which treats quite thoughtfully the social functions of polemic versus idealist literature, and how historians might use them to find a middle way into a balanced history of knightly and/or courtly culture in the high middle ages. Also interesting was Stephen White's article on the ordeal, and how it was deployed in legal proceedings not just as a matter of course, but because it functioned as leverage for either ...more
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