The Experience of Power in Medieval Europe: 950-1350

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Robert F. Berkhofer, Alan Cooper, Adam J. Kosto
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2005 - History - 292 pages
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Taking their inspiration from the work of Thomas N. Bisson, to whom the book is dedicated, the contributors to this volume explore the experience of power in medieval Europe: the experience of those who held power, those who helped them wield it, and those who felt its effects. The seventeen essays in the collection, which range geographically from England in the north to Castile in the south, and chronologically from the tenth century to the fourteenth, address a series of specific topics in institutional, social, religious, cultural, and intellectual history. Taken together, they present three distinct ways of discussing power in a medieval historical context: uses of power, relations of power, and discourses of power. The collection thus examines not only the operational and social aspects of power, but also power as a contested category within the medieval world. The Experience of Power suggests new and fruitful ways of understanding and studying power in the Middle Ages.
 

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Contents

Saintly Power and Ducal Authority
11
AssessingAssigning Authority
25
Abbatial Authority over Lay Agents
43
The Abuse of Authority by Jewish
59
Lordship and Coinage in Empiiries ca 1080ca 1140
73
Notaries and their Signs in Medieval
93
A Charter of Oliba from before His Entry into Religious Life
121
Transformations in the Powers of Wives and Widows near Montpellier
153
Hostages and the Habit of Representation in ThirteenthCentury
183
Power and Authority in the Literature of Fleury
197
Power Personalityand Perversity? Robert of Arbrissel ca 1045
213
Creating an Ideal of Noble Power in Monastic
227
The Lordship of Jongleurs
237
Tormented Voices in
271
Index
287
Copyright

Protestations of Ignorance in Domesday Book
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Robert F. Berkhofer III is Assistant Professor of History at Western Michigan University, USA. Alan Cooper is Assistant Professor of History at Colgate University, USA. Adam J. Kosto is Associate Professor of History at Columbia University, USA.

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