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Authorities in the Middle Ages

Influence, Legitimacy, and Power in Medieval Society

Ed. by Kangas, Sini / Korpiola, Mia / Ainonen, Tuija

Series:Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 12

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    April 2013
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    Aims and Scope

    Medievalists reading and writing about and around authority-related themes lack clear definitions of its actual meanings in the medieval context. Authorities in the Middle Ages offers answers to this thorny issue through specialized investigations.

    This book considers the concept of authority and explores the various practices of creating authority in medieval society. In their studies sixteen scholars investigate the definition, formation, establishment, maintenance, and collapse of what we understand in terms of medieval struggles for authority, influence and power. The interdisciplinary nature of this volume resonates with the multi-faceted field of medieval culture, its social structures, and forms of communication. The fields of expertise include history, legal studies, theology, philosophy, politics, literature and art history.

    The scope of inquiry extends from late antiquity to the mid-fifteenth century, from the Church Fathers debating with pagans to the rapacious ghosts ruining the life of the living in the Sagas. There is a special emphasis on such exciting but understudied areas as the Balkans, Iceland and the eastern fringes of Scandinavia.

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    Approx. xv, 315 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Authority; power; medieval history; Church history; medieval literature

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    Sini Kangas and Mia Korpiola,University of Helsinki, Finland; Tuija Ainonen,University of Toronto, Canada.

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    • Looking very much forward to this title to see what our Finnish colleagues have worked out this time.

      posted by: Torben Kjersgaard Nielsen on 2012-09-28 04:59 PM (Europe/Berlin)