Understanding Medieval Primary Sources

Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe

Author: Joel T. Rosenthal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317796314

Category: History

Page: 262

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Medieval society created many kinds of records and written material which differ considerably, giving us such sources as last wills, sermons, manorial accounts, or royal biographies. Primary sources are an exciting way for students to engage with the past and draw their own ideas about life in the medieval period. Understanding Medieval Primary Sources is a collection of essays that will introduce students to the key primary sources that are essential to studying medieval Europe. The sources are divided into two categories: the first part treats some of the many generic sources that have been preserved, such as wills, letters, royal and secular narratives and sermons. Chapter by chapter each expert author illustrates how they can be used to reveal details about medieval history. The second part focuses on areas of historical research that can only be fully discovered by using a combination of primary sources, covering fields such as maritime history, urban history, women’s history and medical history. Understanding Medieval Primary Sources will be an invaluable resource for any student embarking on medieval historical research.

Understanding Medieval Liturgy

Essays in Interpretation

Author: Helen Gittos,Sarah Hamilton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134797672

Category: History

Page: 352

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This book provides an introduction to current work and new directions in the study of medieval liturgy. It focuses primarily on so-called occasional rituals such as burial, church consecration, exorcism and excommunication rather than on the Mass and Office. Recent research on such rites challenges many established ideas, especially about the extent to which they differed from place to place and over time, and how the surviving evidence should be interpreted. These essays are designed to offer guidance about current thinking, especially for those who are new to the subject, want to know more about it, or wish to conduct research on liturgical topics. Bringing together scholars working in different disciplines (history, literature, architectural history, musicology and theology), time periods (from the ninth to the fifteenth centuries) and intellectual traditions, this collection demonstrates the great potential that liturgical evidence offers for understanding many aspects of the Middle Ages. It includes essays that discuss the practicalities of researching liturgical rituals; show through case studies the problems caused by over-reliance on modern editions; explore the range of sources for particular ceremonies and the sort of questions which can be asked of them; and go beyond the rites themselves to investigate how liturgy was practised and understood in the medieval period.

Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources

Author: Laura Sangha,Jonathan Willis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317222016

Category: History

Page: 296

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Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources is an introduction to the rich treasury of source material available to students of early modern history. During this period, political development, economic and social change, rising literacy levels, and the success of the printing press, ensured that the State, the Church and the people generated texts and objects on an unprecedented scale. This book introduces students to the sources that survived to become indispensable primary material studied by historians. After a wide-ranging introductory essay, part I of the book, ‘Sources’, takes the reader through seven key categories of primary material, including governmental, ecclesiastical and legal records, diaries and literary works, print, and visual and material sources. Each chapter addresses how different types of material were produced, whilst also pointing readers towards the most important and accessible physical and digital source collections. Part II, ‘Histories’, takes a thematic approach. Each chapter in this section explores the sources that are used to address major early modern themes, including political and popular cultures, the economy, science, religion, gender, warfare, and global exploration. This collection of essays by leading historians in their respective fields showcases how practitioners research the early modern period, and is an invaluable resource for any student embarking on their studies of the early modern period.

Writing the Early Crusades

Text, Transmission and Memory

Author: Marcus Graham Bull,Damien Kempf

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843839202

Category: History

Page: 174

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A pioneering approach to contemporary historical writing on the First Crusade, looking at the texts as cultural artefacts rather than simply for the evidence they contain.

The Medieval Way of War

Studies in Medieval Military History in Honor of Bernard S. Bachrach

Author: Gregory I. Halfond

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 147241960X

Category: History

Page: 348

View: 4781


Few historians have argued so forcefully or persuasively as Bernard S. Bachrach for the study of warfare as not only worthy of scholarly attention, but demanding of it. In his many publications Bachrach has established unequivocally the relevance of military institutions and activity for an understanding of medieval European societies, polities, and mentalities. In so doing, as much as any scholar of his generation, he has helped to define the status quaestionis for the field of medieval military history. The Medieval Way of War: Studies in Medieval Military History in Honor of Bernard S. Bachrach pays tribute to its honoree by gathering in a single volume seventeen original studies from an international roster of leading experts in the military history of medieval Europe. Ranging chronologically from Late Antiquity through the Later Middle Ages (ca. AD 300-1500), and with a broad geographical scope stretching from the British Isles to the Middle East, these diverse studies address an array of critical themes and debates relevant to the conduct of war in medieval Europe. These themes include the formation and implementation of military grand strategies; the fiscal, material, and administrative resources that underpinned the conduct of war in medieval Europe; and religious, legal, and artistic responses to military violence. Collectively, these seventeen studies embrace the interdisciplinarity and topical diversity intrinsic to Bachrach’s research. Additionally, they strongly echo his conviction that the study of armed conflict is indispensable for an accurate and comprehensive understanding of medieval European history.

Icons of the Middle Ages

Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints

Author: Lister M. Matheson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313340803

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 705

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From Thomas Becket to Charlemagne, from Leif Erickson to Count Dracula, this series of biographical essays separates truth from legend as it explores the lives of some of the most accomplished and influential figures of medieval history. * Contributions from 18 accomplished scholars and writers bring their fascinating medieval era subjects to life in 20 entries—18 biographical and 2 topical entries * Bibliographical references and "Suggestions for Further Reading" for each chapter

Understanding the Middle Ages

The Transformation of Ideas and Attitudes in the Medieval World

Author: Harald Kleinschmidt

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9780851159492

Category: History

Page: 401

View: 4317


This radical study traces the transformation of ideas in western Europe during more than one thousand years between the fifth and sixteenth centuries.

Die Katharer

Ketzer des Mittelalters

Author: Malcolm Barber

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783538071643


Page: 375

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Kaiser Karls Leben

Author: Einhard

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9925049431

Category: History

Page: 72

View: 7883


Nachdruck des Originals von 1850.

Medieval Medicine

A Reader

Author: Faith Wallis

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442601035

Category: History

Page: 563

View: 4005


In this collection of over 100 primary sources, many translated for the first time, Faith Wallis reveals the dynamic world of medicine in the Middle Ages that has been largely unavailable to students and scholars.

The Literature of Islam

A Guide to the Primary Sources in English Translation

Author: Paula Youngman Skreslet,Rebecca Skreslet

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810854082

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 243

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"The primary literature of Islam is normally classified into several areas of study: the canonical literature, the interpretation of scripture and tradition, law, theology, and philosophy. Entries are organized into these areas and represent the most significant texts from important trends in the discipline. The volume also includes an extensive bibliography and suggestions for secondary reading, which will be helpful to those seeking additional information about each genre of literature."--BOOK JACKET.

The cultural context of medieval learning

proceedings of the first International Colloquium on the philosophy of science and theology in the middle ages - september 1973

Author: J.E. Murdoch,E.D. Sylla

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789027705877

Category: History

Page: 566

View: 8586


Proceedings of the First International Colloquium on Philosophy, Science, and Technology in the Middle Ages - September 1973

The Medieval and Early Modern World

Primary Sources and Reference Volume

Author: Bonnie G. Smith,Donald R. Kelley

Publisher: Medieval & Early Modern World


Category: History

Page: 174

View: 7851


Tells the colorful story of a pivotal period that is crucial to understanding our own times. The expansion of trade and city life, the spread and reform of religious institutions, the rise of regional empires and local feudal regimes, and revolutional advances in science and technology laid the foundation for the modern world. Told through the words and experiences of the people who lived it, this is a world history for a new generation.

Die Templer

Geschichte und Mythos

Author: Malcolm Barber

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783538072152


Page: 360

View: 7364