The Archpoet and Medieval Culture

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 280 pages
This is the first monograph to be published about one of the most famous and least understood authors of the Latin Middle Ages. We know him by the pseudonym of Archpoet. Setting the Archpoet's world and works in their historical contexts, Peter Godman argues that they provide insight into a brilliant counter-culture of medieval Germany. Its subtlest exponent did not indulge in literary play but refashioned the political, social, and religious roles available to a twelfth-century thinker in order to create, for himself and his patron, an identity alternative to the norms of clerical conformity prevalent elsewhere in Europe. At a time when Germans were being decried as backward barbarians, he produced a manifesto of intellectual heterodoxy which wittily challenged the truth-claims made by humourless moralists. The Archpoet and Medieval Culture reconsiders the categoriesin which the literature of the Middle Ages is interpreted and suggests a less literal mode of reading the sources to historians.--Provided by publisher.
 

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Contents

Prelude in the Pub
1
The Ruin of the World
5
Culture and Conflict in the Chancery
31
Transmontane Identity
54
A Depraved Man Sowing Tares
78
The AntiActor
102
The Reluctant Encomiast
129
The Penitent at Pavia
157
The Preacher of Sin
185
The Roving Prophet
209
The Culture of the Barbarians
234
Bibliography
251
General Index
275
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Peter Godman is a cultural historian of the Middle Ages and Renaissance with interests in the Latin tradition.

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