The Perception of the Past in 12th Century Europe

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Paul Magdalino
A&C Black, 1992 - History - 240 pages
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The way people see the past tells us much about their present interests and about their sense of identity. This book examines both what men of the day knew about their past, and in particular about the Roman Empire, and shows how such knowledge was used to authenticate claims and attitudes. These original essays, by distinguished scholars, are wide-ranging both geographically, from Russia to Iberia, and in scope, dealing with legal, ecclesiastical, noble and scholarly attitudes.
  

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Contents

1 Discovering a Past for the French Aristocracy
1
2 Past Present and No Future in the TwelfthCentury Regnum Teutonicum
15
3 Adam and the Eve of Scandinavian History
37
4 How the TwelfthCentury Monks of Worcester Perceived their Past
53
Richard FitzNigel and the Dialogue of the Exchequer
75
6 The Texts and Contexts of Ancient Roman History in TwelfthCentury Western Scholarship
99
7 The Fourth Kingdom and the Rhetoric of Hellenism
117
Perceptions of the Past in TwelfthCentury Rus
157
9 The Sense of the Past in Italian Communal Narratives
173
10 The Political Use of the Past in Norman Sicily
191
Views of the Past in TwelfthCentury Iberia
211
Index
227
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