Download Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice by Thomas F. Madden PDF

By Thomas F. Madden

Between the 11th and 13th centuries, Venice reworked itself from a suffering service provider commune to a robust maritime empire that will form occasions within the Mediterranean for the subsequent 400 years. during this magisterial new e-book on medieval Venice, Thomas F. Madden lines the city-state's awesome upward thrust throughout the lifetime of Enrico Dandolo (c. 1107–1205), who governed Venice as doge from 1192 till his loss of life. The scion of a filthy rich service provider kin deeply concerned about politics, faith, and international relations, Dandolo led Venice's forces throughout the disastrous Fourth campaign (1201–1204), which got down to overcome Islamic Egypt yet in its place destroyed Christian Byzantium. but regardless of his impact at the process Venetian history,we recognize little approximately Dandolo, and lots more and plenty of what's recognized has been distorted by means of myth.

The first full-length examine dedicated to Dandolo's lifestyles and occasions, Enrico Dandolo and the increase of Venice corrects the various misconceptions approximately him that experience collected over the centuries, supplying a correct and incisive overview of Dandolo's causes, talents, and achievements as doge, in addition to his role—and Venice's—in the Fourth campaign. Madden additionally examines the ability and strategies in which the Dandolo relatives rose to prominence through the previous century, therefore illuminating medieval Venice's singular political, social, and spiritual surroundings. Culminating with the challenge induced by means of the failure of the Fourth campaign, Madden's groundbreaking paintings finds the level to which Dandolo and his successors grew to become torn among the anxieties and apprehensions of Venice's electorate and its escalating tasks as a Mediterranean power.

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Download Medieval Saints' Lives: The Gift, Kinship and Community in by Emma Campbell PDF

By Emma Campbell

Contending that the examine of hagiography is important either for a attention of medieval literature and for present theoretical debates in medieval reports, this booklet considers a number outdated French and Anglo-Norman texts, utilizing sleek theories of kinship and group to teach how saints' lives construe social and sexual relations.

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Download Virgil on the Nature of Things: The Georgics, Lucretius and by Monica R. Gale PDF

By Monica R. Gale

Virgil's agricultural poem, the Georgics, varieties a part of a protracted culture of didactic epic going again to the archaic poet Hesiod. This ebook explores the connection among the Georgics and prior works within the didactic culture, rather Lucretius' De Rerum Natura ("On the character of Things"). it's the first accomplished examine of Virgil's use of Lucretian subject matters, imagery, principles and language; it additionally proposes a brand new studying of the poem as a complete, as a disagreement among the Epicurean philosophy of Lucretius and the opposing global perspectives of his predecessors.

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Download Britannia 1066-1884: From Medieval Absolutism to the Birth by Charles K. Rowley, Bin Wu PDF

By Charles K. Rowley, Bin Wu

This publication deals an analytic heritage of Britannia (first England and Wales after which nice Britain) over 8 hundred years of political turmoil, intermingled with monetary stagnation, through the engine of the economic revolution. The booklet attracts on economics, political technological know-how, public selection, philosophy and the legislation to probe extensive into the evolution of Britannia from an impoverished feudal after which post-feudal autocracy right into a constitutional monarchy with constrained suffrage that supplied the fulcrum for commercial and advertisement good fortune, making Britannia, through 1884, the richest kingdom, consistent with capita, in the world. The e-book demanding situations head-on the Whiggist liberal inspiration of Macaulay and Trevelyan that the trail from oppression to freedom was once one among unimpeded growth. between its novel gains, the ebook attracts upon the dictator’s instruction manual, as modeled by means of Bueno de Mesquita and Alistair Smith to guage the interval of various autocracy, 1066-1688. The ebook attracts upon sleek public selection idea and criminal background to judge the delicate, corrupt constitutional monarchy that oversaw the preliminary part of post-Glorious Revolution Britannia, 1689-1775. At each one level, the philosophical conflict among those that sought order and solidarity and those that sought person liberty is meticulously defined. The booklet attracts at the contributions of the Scottish Enlightenment (Hume, Ferguson and Smith) and of classical liberal philosophy (John Stuart Mill) to give an explanation for the ultimate vault of Britannia from a susceptible and corrupt to a strong and well-known constitutional monarchy grounded at the rule of legislations, over the interval 1776-1884.

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Download The Future of the Middle Ages: Medieval Literature in the by William D. Paden PDF

By William D. Paden

A different witness to a debate primary to medieval reports stuck in all of the hearth of its preliminary explosion yet tempered by way of the invitation to hunt what the long run may well carry. . . . the problems are . . . embedded in a context that orients them in new directions.--Margaret Switten, Mount Holyoke university   In those lively essays, participants throughout a extensive spectrum re-examine the learn of the center a long time within the context of state-of-the-art quickly altering world.  They deal with issues starting from the effect of the tip of the chilly conflict on medieval reviews to the connection among philology and twentieth-century poetry, to new perspectives of the long term heritage of sexuality.  At the crux of the dialogue lies the matter of the way editors should still deal with the medieval textual content, the topic of renewed debate among students who think that the editor and the published ebook needs to input into the reader's notion of the textual content and those that suggest a extra direct research of the medieval manuscript resource. the first concentration is at the examine of the center a while in France, yet components of shock expand to Spain, Italy, and Germany.    Because the ebook comprises confrontation and competing perspectives of the kingdom of medieval stories at the present time, it permits the reader to gauge the breadth and intensity of the controversy and to count on instructions of destiny study. Contents advent PHILOLOGY IN historical past students at a deadly Ford, by means of William D. Paden A Philological Invention of Modernism: Men?ndez Pidal, Garc?a Lorca, and the Harlem Renaissance, by way of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht culture AND INNOVATION Is There a brand new Textual Philology in previous French? Perennial difficulties, Provisional recommendations, via Peter F. Dembowski the way forward for previous French stories in the United States: The "Old" Philology and the problem of the "New," through Rupert T. Pickens Philology and Its Discontents, through Stephen G. Nichols NEW instructions past the Borders of country and self-discipline, by way of Joan M. Ferrante outdated French Literature and the hot Medievalism, through R. Howard BlochWilliam D. Paden is professor of French and chair, division of French and Italian, Northwestern collage. he's coeditor of The Poems of the Troubadour Bertran de Born and editor of The Voice of the Trobairitz: views at the ladies Troubadours and of the two-volume version of The Medieval Pastourelle, which used to be named a decision extraordinary educational ebook 1988-89.

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Download Editing Piers Plowman: The Evolution of the Text by Charlotte Brewer PDF

By Charlotte Brewer

The fifty-plus manuscripts of Piers Plowman have constantly posed a puzzle to students. This booklet is an account of the variations of the poem that experience seemed due to the fact that 1550, whilst it used to be first released via the protestant reformer Robert Crowley. It examines the conditions during which the variants have been produced, the lives and highbrow motivations of the editors, and the connection among one version and the subsequent. It makes use of a variety of released and unpublished fabric to make clear makes an attempt to crack one of many significant editorial conundrums in medieval stories.

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Download Tragic Failures: Alexandrian Responses to Tragedy and the by Evina Sistakou PDF

By Evina Sistakou

This examine makes a speciality of the reception of tragedy and the tragic in Hellenistic poetry. It illustrates how classical tragedy and the tragic notion have been integrated within the poems of Callimachus and Theocritus, Apollonius Argonautica, the iambic Alexandra and overdue Hellenistic poetry. It demonstrates that the tragic was once no longer doomed to failure within the postclassical international yet lived on during the works of the good Alexandrian poets and their fans. "

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