Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation

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Katherine Jansen, Joanna Drell, Frances Andrews
University of Pennsylvania Press, Jul 27, 2010 - History - 624 pages

Medieval Italy gathers together an unparalleled selection of newly translated primary sources from the central and later Middle Ages, a period during which Italy was famous for its diverse cultural landscape of urban towers and fortified castles, the spirituality of Saints Francis and Clare, and the vernacular poetry of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. The texts highlight the continuities with the medieval Latin West while simultaneously emphasizing the ways in which Italy was exceptional, particularly for its cities that drove Mediterranean trade, its new communal forms of government, the impact of the papacy's temporal claims on the central peninsula, and the richly textured religious life of the mainland and its islands.

A unique feature of this volume is its incorporation of the southern part of the peninsula and Sicily—the glittering Norman court at Palermo, the multicultural emporium of the south, and the kingdoms of Frederick II—into a larger narrative of Italian history. Including Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, and Lombard sources, the documents speak in ethnically and religiously differentiated voices, while providing wider chronological and geographical coverage than previously available.

Rich in interdisciplinary texts and organized to enable the reader to focus by specific region, topic, or period, this is a volume that will be an essential resource for anyone with a professional or private interest in the history, religion, literature, politics, and built environment of Italy from ca. 1000 to 1400.

 

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Contents

The Countryside and Its Dependencies
1
Spheres and Structures of Power Ecclesiastical and Secular
31
The Commercial Revolution
77
Violence Warfare and Peace
111
Law and Order
163
The Built Environment
223
Rome the Papacy and Papal Politics
269
Disease and Medical Practice
309
Social Memory History Commemoration
485
Chronology
539
Maps
543
Genealogical Tables
545
Medieval Popes ca 9501430
549
Glossary
551
Further Reading
559
List of Contributors
575

Varieties of Religious Experience The Christian Tradition
335
Marriage Family and Children
421
Education and Erudition
457
Index
579
Acknowledgments
591
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Katherine L. Jansen is Associate Professor of History at The Catholic University of America, Joanna Drell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Richmond, and Frances Andrews is Reader in Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews.

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