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Tournament



David Crouch


Hambledon 2005
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The 'melee tournament' - a mock battle involving huge numbers of knights fighting over very large areas - began in north-eastern France in the late 11The 'melee tournament' - a mock battle involving huge numbers of knights fighting over very large areas - began in north-eastern France in the late 11th century and had spread to England, Germany and Austria by 1200. In this richly detailed study, Crouch aims to reconstruct how a tournament was experienced in its heyday and assess its significance in medieval society, particularly in the evolution of the aristocracy. The book includes a collection of 13 medieval documents on the tournament. ...more
 

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Scotland's Black Death


The Foul Death of the English

Karen Jillings


Tempus 2003
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Dartmoor's Alluring Uplands


Transhumance and Pastoral Management in the Middle Ages

Harold Fox


Exeter University Press 2012
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William Wykeham



Virginia Davis


Hambledon 2007
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William Wykeham was one of the most powerful men in medieval England. 'Everything was done by him', wrote the chronicler Froissart, 'and nothing withoWilliam Wykeham was one of the most powerful men in medieval England. 'Everything was done by him', wrote the chronicler Froissart, 'and nothing without him.' This scholarly biography charts his extraordinary rise from peasant to Edward III's chancellor and Bishop of Winchester. It explores his fall from power in 1376 and subsequent rehabilitation, and his commitment to education, which left a lasting legacy in the form of Winchester College and New College, Oxford. ...more
 

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European Influences on Celtic Art


Patrons and Artists

Lloyd Laing


Four Courts 2010
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The Celtic art that flourished from the Iron Age to the 12th century is immediately recognisable and widely admired. Yet speculation persists about itThe Celtic art that flourished from the Iron Age to the 12th century is immediately recognisable and widely admired. Yet speculation persists about its origins, influences and symbolism. This study discusses how the imagery, ornament and production techniques found in jewellery, stone carving and manuscript illumination were drawn from classical Greece and Rome, Frankish Gaul, the Eastern Mediterranean and Viking Scandinavia. It also assesses the impact of Christianity and the role of powerful patrons in shaping these art forms. ...more
 

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Matilda


Queen of the Conqueror

Tracy Borman


Jonathan Cape 2011
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Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, was the first woman to be crowned Queen of England and formally recognized as such by her subjectsMatilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, was the first woman to be crowned Queen of England and formally recognized as such by her subjects. In this major biography of Matilda, Borman sifts through the fragmentary evidence to offer a portrait of a woman who possessed the strength, intelligence and ambition to thrive in a brutal world of conquest and fragile alliances, and who exerted an unparalleled influence over the king, while remaining a paragon of fidelity and motherhood. ...more
 

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Feeling Persecuted


Christians, Jews and Images of Violence in the Midle Ages

Anthony Bale


Reaktion 2010
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Many medieval Christians believed that Jews committed violent crimes in an attempt to destroy the Christian religion and way of life; the pervasive feMany medieval Christians believed that Jews committed violent crimes in an attempt to destroy the Christian religion and way of life; the pervasive fear of such attacks led to anti-Jewish expulsions, riots and murders. Ranging across poetry, drama, visual culture, theology and philosophy, Feeling Persecuted shows that the violence perpetrated against Jews was a complex part of medieval life and culture, in which images of Christian suffering were central to ideas of love, community and home. ...more
 

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The Patriarch Nicephorus of Constantinople


Ecclesiastical Policy and Image Worship in the Byzantine Empire

Paul J Alexander


Oxford University Press 2001
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The subject of Alexander's study is the Iconoclastic Controversy: the arguments concerning the legitimacy of Christian images that raged in the ByzantThe subject of Alexander's study is the Iconoclastic Controversy: the arguments concerning the legitimacy of Christian images that raged in the Byzantine Empire during the 8th and 9th centuries. The Controversy is studied through the Emperor Nicephorus, who became Patriarch of Constantinople in 806. As well as providing a complete picture of the issues involved in the struggle over religious images in his own Refutatio et Eversio and other writings, Nicephorus was almost alone in preserving documents of the Iconoclasts. The volume includes a paraphrase of Nicephorus' (unpublished) Refutatio et Eversio. (1958) ...more
 

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German Knighthood


1050-1300

Benjamin Arnold


Oxford University Press 1999
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The medieval German empire founded by Otto the Great was led by emperors committed to pursuing martial glory abroad, and comprised a large number of rThe medieval German empire founded by Otto the Great was led by emperors committed to pursuing martial glory abroad, and comprised a large number of regional powers engaged in constant feuding at home. Huge retinues of armed men - unfree knights - were maintained to sustain the level of conflict. This study focuses on the impact of unfree knighthood on German society, examining the knights' legal rights and obligations, their functions in peace and war, restrictions on knightly marriage, their habitual use of violence, and the role of the imperial knights within German politics. (1985) ...more
 

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Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade


The Limousin and Gascony c.970 - c.1130

Marcus Bull


Oxford University Press 1998
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Focused on south-western France, this study examines the religious ideas of nobles and knights with particular reference to why men went on the First Focused on south-western France, this study examines the religious ideas of nobles and knights with particular reference to why men went on the First Crusade. Bull argues that Crusaders were inspired by religious ideology, but rejects the view that there was a parallelism between lay religious beliefs and the clerical intellectual position as articulated by Urban II. Among the issues discussed are: the 11th century Peace of God movement, the close contact between nobility and local monastic communities and the notions of penance and pilgrimage. (1993) ...more
 

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Asser's Life of King Alfred



WH Stevenson


Oxford University Press 1998
Hardback 538pp
 

Asser (fl. 889), Bishop of Sherborne, joined the court of Alfred in about 885, and became the King's friend, teacher and biographer. His Life of AlfreAsser (fl. 889), Bishop of Sherborne, joined the court of Alfred in about 885, and became the King's friend, teacher and biographer. His Life of Alfred, completed some years before the King's death, presents Alfred as a paragon of kingly and manly virtue, but it is unique in providing information about the King's early life and non- military activities. Stevenson's critical edition of 1906 established the Latin text and provided copious annotation. It is reprinted in this edition with an introductory essay by Dorothy Whitelock. (1959) ...more
 

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Old English Glosses in the Epinal-Erfurt Glossary



JD Pheifer

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Oxford University Press 1998
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This is the first full critical edition of the 8th century Epinal- Erfurt Glossary, which constitutes the earliest Old English text of any length. TheThis is the first full critical edition of the 8th century Epinal- Erfurt Glossary, which constitutes the earliest Old English text of any length. The two manuscripts are printed in full in parallel columns with an apparatus designed to illustrate their relationship with later Old English glossaries. The Introduction deals at length with the sources of the Glossary and proposes a number of new interpretations as well as offering a unique insight into the beginnings of Anglo-Saxon literary culture. (1974) ...more
 

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Andreas and The Fates of the Apostles



Kenneth R Brooks

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Oxford University Press 1998
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Despite its obvious stylistic defects, Andreas may justly be reckoned one of the most interesting Old English poems, notable for its vigorous narrativDespite its obvious stylistic defects, Andreas may justly be reckoned one of the most interesting Old English poems, notable for its vigorous narrative and varied vocabulary. This critical edition includes Cynewulf's short poem The Fates of the Apostles, once thought to be the conclusion of Andreas. Brooks's critical edition has a full textual commentary, a glossary and an introduction dealing with the sources of the poems, their language and metre, and the question of Beowulfian influence on Andreas. (1961) ...more
 

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The N-Town Play


Drama and Liturgy in Medieval East Anglia

Penny Granger


DS Brewer 2009
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The N-Town Play, a cycle compiled in the 15th century and originating somewhere on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, is a significant but enigmatic example The N-Town Play, a cycle compiled in the 15th century and originating somewhere on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, is a significant but enigmatic example of late-medieval vernacular theatre. In the first full-length study of the play, Granger reassesses its geographical, religious and political contexts, arguing that liturgy is key to understanding both this and other medieval texts. In particular she focuses on the play's relation to Lollard controversies and asks whether the strong female characters imply a female reading audience. ...more
 

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Medieval Liturgical Chant and Patristic Exegesis


Words and Music in the Second-Mode Tracts

Emma Hornby


Boydell 2009
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Emma Hornby argues that careful study of the musical shape of chant illuminates the structured beauty which serves both to articulate the text for lisEmma Hornby argues that careful study of the musical shape of chant illuminates the structured beauty which serves both to articulate the text for listeners and to draw special attention to words and phrases which were important within the patristic tradition of exegetical commentary on the Bible. She illustrates these features through an examination of the interplay of formulaic material with unique phrases and melismas in the second-mode tracts, a group of chants dating back at least to the 8th century. ...more
 

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