The Origins of Courtliness: Civilizing Trends and the Formation of Courtly Ideals, 939-1210

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985 - History - 326 pages
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Argues that the origins of courtliness lie in the German courts, their courtier class, and the education for court service in the tenth and eleventh centuries.

  

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Contents

The Courtier Bishop
19
Representative Figures I Otto of Bamberg
49
Criticism of the Court
54
Representative Figures II Adalbert of Bremen
67
The Defense of the Courtier
82
From Court Ideal to Literary Ideal Metamorphoses of the Courtier
101
COURTESY
111
Ancient Urbanity and the Spirit of Revival in the German Empire
113
The Clerical Rebellion Against Courtliness
176
Courtliness in the Courtesy
195
Instructing the Laity in Courtesy
211
Courtliness in the Romance
236
Conclusion
255
NOTES
273
BIBLIOGRAPHY
297
INDEX
317

The Language of Courtesy Latin Terminology Vernacular Counterparts
127

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About the author (1985)

C. Stephen Jaeger is Professor of Germanics and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. He is the author of The Origins of Courtliness: Civilizing Trends and the Formation of Courtly Ideals, 939-1210, and The Envy of Angels: Cathedral Schools and Social Ideals in Medieval Europe, 950-1200, all available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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