The Making of Memory in the Middle Ages


Memory in the Middle Ages has received particular attention in recent decades; yet; the topic remains difficult to grasp and the research on it rather fragmented. This book gathers particular case studies on memory in different parts of medieval Europe and in a variety of fields including literatures, languages, manuscript studies, history, history of ideas, philosophy, social history and art history. The studies address, on the one hand, memory as means of storing and recuperating knowledge (arts of memory and memory aids), and, on the other hand, memory as remembering and constructing the past (including the subject of forgetting). It should be useful to all interested in medieval culture, literature and history.
Contributors are Milena Bartlová, Bergsveinn Birgisson, Irene Bueno, Vincent Challet, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Lucie Doležalová, Dávid Falvay, Carmen Florea, Cédric Giraud, Laura Iseppi de Filippis, Farkas Gábor Kiss, Rüdiger Lorenz, Else Mundal, Előd Nemerkényi, William J. Purkis, Slavica Ranković, Lucia Raspe, Kimberly Rivers, Victoria Smirnova, Francesco Stella, Péter Tóth, Tamás Visi, Jon Whitman and Rafał Wójcik.
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Biographical Note

Lucie Doležalová, Ph.D. (2005) in Medieval Studies, Central European University in Budapest, is Assistant Professor at the Charles University in Prague. She has published on medieval reception of 'Cena Cypriani' (Trier 2007) and on medieval mnemonics and 'artes memoriae'.

Table of contents


Part One Lessons on the Value of Violence
Introduction to Part One
1.The Contra: Recognizing a Role for Violence
2. Sacred Space and Ritual: Creating an Expectancy of Restraint
3. The Eucharist and the Clergy: Fostering Charity
4. Sermons, confessions and Private Meditation: Learning that Vengenace Disturbs the Divine
Conclusion to Part One: Do Think Twice, It's Not ALright

Part Two Parishioners' Praxis
Introduction to Part 2
5. Sacred Space and Ritual: Finding Variation yet Common Expectation
6. The Eucharist: Demanding a Dreadful Peace
7. The Clergy: Swinging both Plowshares and Swords
Conclusion to Part Two: The REality of 'Civility' Spurred by Religion
Conclusion: Finding Religion in Restraint

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All those interested in medieval culture, literature, history, and intellectual history, the concept of memory, mnemonics, construction of the past, and interdisciplinary approaches.


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