Western Travellers to Constantinople

The West and Byzantium, 962-1204 : Cultural and Political Relations

Author: Krijna Nelly Ciggaar

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004106376

Category: History

Page: 396

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This volume provides a survey of the thousands and thousands of people from the West who travelled to Constantinople between 962 and 1204, and of the influence Byzantium exerted on them and on those who remained home. Crusaders were an important group, but other social groups played a key role as well in the exchange of ideas.

Constantinople and the West in Medieval French Literature

Renewal and Utopia

Author: Rima Devereaux

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 1843843021

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 234

View: 8719

An indepth examination of the presentation of Constantinople and its complex relationship with the west in medieval French texts.

East and West in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean: Antioch from the Byzantine reconquest until the end of the Crusader principality

Author: Krijna Nelly Ciggaar,David Michael Metcalf

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9789042917354

Category: History

Page: 378

View: 2508

Claude Cahen's book on Crusader Antioch cast a long shadow. His thorough monograph seemingly leaves little more to be said. Decades may pass before scholars return to the topic. The long shadow fell even on the Wisconsin History of the Crusades which still seeks, essentially, to stich the written sources together into traditional narrative history, only to do it better. But topics such as architecture, or coins are optional extras and not much integrated into the whole picture. A thorough analysis of political and military developments is indeed the essential groundwork of most medieval history. But high politics was not the whole of life; and charters and texts are not the only witnesses to that life. Social and economic life has its own momentum and its own continuity. Its moral and spiritual aspects deserve historical study, and impose new historical disciplines. Crusades studies have become more interdisciplinary, and less monolithic. That new style of enquiry is fully reflected in the range and variety of the papers, tightly focussed on Antioch, printed in this volume.

Networks of Learning

Perspectives on Scholars in Byzantine East and Latin West, C. 1000-1200

Author: Sita Steckel,Niels Gaul,Michael Grünbart

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643904576

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 5435

Cultures of learning and practices of education in the Middle Ages are drawing renewed attention, and recent approaches are questioning the traditional boundaries of institutional and intellectual history. The volume assembles contributions on both Byzantine and Latin learned culture, and aims to locate medieval scholars in their religious and political contexts instead of studying them in a framework of 'schools'. Eleven contributions on eastern and western scholars offer complementary perspectives on scholars and their work, discussing the symbolic and discursive construction of religious and intellectual authority, practices of networking and adaptations of knowledge formations. Sita Steckel is Junior Professor of Medieval History at the University of Munster and author of a study on 'cultures of teaching' in the early and high middle ages. Niels Gaul is Associate Professor of Byzantine Studies at CEU Budapest, with an interest in Byzantine scholarship, especially the societal functions of rhetoric. Michael Grünbart is Associate Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Munster. He is currently working on the image of Byzantine aristocracy and preparing an introduction to the function of letters and words in Byzantine daily life.

Negotiating Cultures

Bilingual Surrender Treaties on the Crusader-Muslim Frontier Under James the the Conqueror

Author: Robert Ignatius Burns,Paul Edward Chevedden

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004112445

Category: History

Page: 279

View: 5432

Recently recovered Arabic-Latinate interlinear treaties, between James the Conqueror of Arago-Catalonia and the Muslims of Mediterranean Spain, illumine that hard-fought crusade (1225-1276), its many Islamic and European contexts, and the radically opposed mentalities involved.

Exchanges in Exoticism

Cross-Cultural Marriage and the Making of the Mediterranean in Old French Romance

Author: Megan Moore

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442661372

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

View: 814

Charting important new territory within medieval gender studies, Megan Moore explores the vital role that women played in transmitting knowledge and empire within Mediterranean cross-cultural marriages. Whereas cross-cultural exchange has typically been understood through the lens of male-centered translation work, this study, which is grounded in the relations between the west and Byzantium, examines cross-cultural marriage as a medium of literary and cultural exchange, one in which women's work was equally important as men’s. Moore's readings of Old French and Medieval Greek texts reveal the extent to which women challenged the cultures into which they married and shaped their new courtly environments. Through the lens of medieval gender and postcolonial theory, Exchanges in Exoticism demonstrates how the process of cultural exchange – and empire building – extends well beyond our traditional assumptions about gender roles in the medieval Mediterranean.

Early Medieval Rome and the Christian West

Essays in Honour of Donald A. Bullough

Author: Donald A. Bullough,Julia M. H. Smith

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: 9789004117167

Category: Architecture

Page: 446

View: 1625

This illustrated collection of interdisciplinary essays addresses the transformation of the city of Rome from late antiquity to the middle ages, evaluates Rome's place in early medieval Italian politics and assesses contacts and influence in the Frankish and Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Translating Byzantium

cross-cultural marriage and gender in medieval French romance

Author: Megan E. Moore

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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Towns and Material Culture in the Medieval Middle East

Author: Yaacov Lev

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: 9789004125438

Category: Architecture

Page: 186

View: 3750

This volume focuses on the interplay between urban society and material culture in the medieval and Ottoman Middle East. The history of Jerusalem in the middle ages is discussed by a number of papers as well as Mamluk Tripoli and the urban history of Palestine during the Crusades. The multi-role of the "cadi" in the Muslim city is illuminated by two studies cases concerning the Fatimid and Mamluk periods. Three aspects of material culture; the production and spread of paper, textiles and the trade in medicinal substances also are dealt with.

Old Worlds, New Worlds

European Cultural Encounters, C.1000-c.1750

Author: Lisa Bailey,Lisa Kaaren Bailey,Lindsay Diggelmann,Kim M. Phillips

Publisher: Brepols Pub


Category: History

Page: 217

View: 3403

Pre-modern European history is replete with moments of encounter. At the end of arduous sea and land journeys, and en route, Europeans met people who challenged their assumptions and certainties about the world. Some sought riches, others allies; some looked for Christian converts and some aimed for conquest. Others experienced the forced cultural encounter of exile. Many travelled only in imagination, forming ideas which have become foundational to modern mentalities: race, ethnicity, nation, and the nature of humanity. The consequences were profound: both productive and destructive. At the beginning of the third millennium CE we occupy a world shaped by those centuries of travel and encounter. This collection examines key themes and moments in European cultural expansion. Unlike many studies it spans both the medieval and early modern periods, challenging the stereotype of the post-Columbus 'age of discovery'. There is room too for examining cross-cultural relationships within Europe and regions closely linked to it, to show that curiosity, conflict and transformation could result from such meetings as they did in more far-flung realms. Several essays deal with authors, events, and ideas which will be unfamiliar to most readers but which deserve greater attention in the history of encounter and exploration.

Popular Government and Oligarchy in Renaissance Italy

Author: Christine Shaw

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: 9789004153110

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 5645

An examination of the nature of popular government and oligarchy in towns and cities throughout Renaissance Italy, and of the reasons why broadly-based civic governments were losing ground.

Letters, Literacy and Literature in Byzantium

Author: Margaret Mullett

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780754659372

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 6384

The studies in this collection look at general problems of reading Byzantine literature, at literacy practices and the literary process, but also at individual texts. Of major focus is the genre of the letter. Epistolography is examined from the point of view of genre, originality and communication and as evidence for political history. Other genres examined include the novel, historiography, parainesis, panegyric, and hagiography. The section on literary process includes essays on genre, patronage and rhetoric, and the section on literacy practices deals with both writing and reading.

The Age of the Dromōn

The Byzantine Navy Ca 500-1204

Author: John H. Pryor

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: 9789004151970

Category: History

Page: 754

View: 705

This analysis of the ships of the Byzantine navy from the sixth to twelfth centuries is a fascinating, and totally original discussion of the surviving texts which record and report them and the relationship of those texts to the physical reality of the ships themselves.

Reading Michael Psellos

Author: Charles Barber,David Todd Jenkins

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: 9789004151802

Category: History

Page: 255

View: 5761

The papers of this volume highlight the intellectual and literary contribution of Michael Psellos (1018-after 1081?) by offering readings of his original texts from a variety of scholarly perspectives.

Housing the Stranger in the Mediterranean World

Lodging, Trade, and Travel in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Author: Olivia Remie Constable

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139449687

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 1302

The Greek pandocheion, Arabic funduq, and Latin fundicum (fondaco) were ubiquitous in the Mediterranean sphere for nearly two millennia. These institutions were not only hostelries for traders and travelers, but also taverns, markets, warehouses, and sites for commercial taxation and regulation. In this highly original study, Professor Constable traces the complex evolution of this family of institutions from the pandocheion in Late Antiquity, to the appearance of the funduq throughout the Muslim Mediterranean following the rise of Islam. By the twelfth century, with the arrival of European merchants in Islamic markets, the funduq evolved into the fondaco. These merchant colonies facilitated trade and travel between Muslim and Christian regions. Before long, fondacos also appeared in southern European cities. This study of the diffusion of this institutional family demonstrates common economic interests and cross-cultural communications across the medieval Mediterranean world, and provides a striking contribution to our understanding of this region.

Forthcoming Books

Author: Rose Arny

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Marble Past, Monumental Present

Building With Antiquities in the Mediaeval Mediterranean

Author: Michael Greenhalgh

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004170839

Category: History

Page: 634

View: 1054

This survey and synthesis of the structural and decorative uses of Roman remains, particularly marble, throughout the mediaeval Mediterranean, deals with the Christian West - but also Byzantium and Islam, each the inheritor of much Roman territory. It includes a 5000-image DVD.