The Lombard Laws

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812200850
Release Date: 2010-11-24
Genre: History

Here presented for the first time in English are the law codes of the Lombard kings who ruled Italy from the sixth to the eighth centuries. The documents afford unparalleled insight into the structure and values of Germanic society.

The Laws of the Salian Franks

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812200508
Release Date: 2012-05-23
Genre: History

Following the collapse of the western Roman Empire, the Franks established in northern Gaul one of the most enduring of the Germanic barbarian kingdoms. They produced a legal code (which they called the Salic law) at approximately the same time that the Visigoths and Burgundians produced theirs, but the Frankish code is the least Romanized and most Germanic of the three. Unlike Roman law, this code does not emphasize marriage and the family, inheritance, gifts, and contracts; rather, Lex Salica is largely devoted to establishing fixed monetary or other penalties for a wide variety of damaging acts such as "killing women and children," "striking a man on the head so that the brain shows," or "skinning a dead horse without the consent of its owner." An important resource for students and scholars of medieval and legal history, made available once again in Katherine Fischer Drew's expert translation, the code contains much information on Frankish judicial procedure. Drew has here rendered into readable English the Pactus Legis Salicae, generally believed to have been issued by the Frankish King Clovis in the early sixth century and modified by his sons and grandson, Childbert I, Chlotar I, and Chilperic I. In addition, she provides a translation of the Lex Salica Karolina, the code as corrected and reissued some three centuries later by Charlemagne.

The Corpus Iuris Civilis in the Middle Ages

Author: Charles M. Radding
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004154995
Release Date: 2007
Genre: History

This book traces the history of Justinian's Institutes, Code, and Digest from late antiquity to the juristic revival of the late eleventh century. It includes extensive discussion of manuscripts and other evidence, and plates of many important manuscripts that have never before been reproduced.

Lovesickness in the Middle Ages

Author: Mary Frances Wack
ISBN: UOM:39076001333967
Release Date: 1990-01
Genre: Social Science

Aruges that self-development and independence is not the selfish evil often portrayed. Commitment and interdependence are idealized by many. According to medieval physicians, love-sickness was an illness of mind and body caused by sexual desire and the sight of beauty. Wack offers a comprehensive analysis of the potentially fatal ailment in medieval culture--its forms and meanings in literature, courtly love, the cultural construction of illness, gender issues. The second part of the book contains annotated editions and translations of the Viaticum and its commentaries, studied for centuries in medical schools. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

History of Political Ideas

Author: Eric Voegelin
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 0826211429
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Philosophy

Voegelin's magisterial account of medieval political thought opens with a survey of the structure of the period and continues with an analysis of the Germanic invasions, the fall of Rome, and the rise of empire and monastic Christianity. The political implications of Christianity and philosophy in the period are elaborated in chapters devoted to John of Salisbury, Joachim of Flora (Fiore), Frederick II, Siger de Brabant, Francis of Assisi, Roman law, and climaxing in a remarkable study of Saint Thomas Aquinas's mighty thirteenth-century synthesis. Although History of Political Ideas was begun as a textbook for Macmillan, Voegelin never intended it to be a conventional chronological account. He sought instead an original comprehensive interpretation, founded on primary materials and taking into account the most advanced specialist scholarship--or science as he called it--available to him. Because of this, the book grew well beyond the confines of an easily marketable college survey and until now remained unpublished. In the process of writing it, Voegelin himself outgrew the conceptual frame of a "History of Political Ideas," turning to compose Order and History and the other works of his maturity. History of Political Ideas became the ordered collection of materials from which much of Voegelin's later theoretical elaboration grew, structured in a manner that reveals the conceptual intimations of his later thought. As such, it provides an unparalleled opportunity to observe the working methods and the intellectual evolution of one of our century's leading political thinkers. In its embracing scope, History of Political Ideas contains both analyses of themes Voegelin developed in his later works and discussions of authors and ideas to which he did not return or which he later approached from a different angle and with a different emphasis. The Middle Ages to Aquinas has withstood the test of time. What makes it still highly valuable is its thoroughly revisionist approach, cutting through all the convenient clich�s and generalizations and seeking to establish the experiential underpinnings that typified the medieval period.

Medieval Architecture Medieval Learning

Author: Charles M. Radding
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300061307
Release Date: 1992
Genre: History

The 11th and 12th centuries witnessed a transformation of European culture, from architecture and the visual arts to history, philosophy, theology and even law.

Vengeance in Medieval Europe

Author: Daniel Lord Smail
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442601260
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: History

How did medieval society deal with private justice, with grudges, and with violent emotions? This ground-breaking reader collects for the first time a number of unpublished or difficult-to-find texts that address violence and emotion in the Middle Ages. The sources collected here illustrate the power and reach of the language of vengeance in medieval European society. They span the early, high, and later middle ages, and capture a range of perspectives including legal sources, learned commentaries, narratives, and documents of practice. Though social elites necessarily figure prominently in all medieval sources, sources concerning relatively low-status individuals and sources pertaining to women are included. The sources range from saints' lives that illustrate the idea of vengeance to later medieval court records concerning vengeful practices. A secondary goal of the collection is to illustrate the prominence of mechanisms for peacemaking in medieval European society. The introduction traces recent scholarly developments in the study of vengeance and discusses the significance of these concepts for medieval political and social history.

Medieval Italy

Author: Christopher Kleinhenz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135948801
Release Date: 2004-08-02
Genre: History

This Encyclopedia gathers together the most recent scholarship on Medieval Italy, while offering a sweeping view of all aspects of life in Italy during the Middle Ages. This two volume, illustrated, A-Z reference is a cross-disciplinary resource for information on literature, history, the arts, science, philosophy, and religion in Italy between A.D. 450 and 1375. For more information including the introduction, a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample pages, and more, visit the Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia website.

The Uses of the Past in the Early Middle Ages

Author: Yitzhak Hen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521639980
Release Date: 2000-06-08
Genre: History

This is the first book to investigate how people in the early middle ages used the past: to legitimate the present, to understand current events, and as a source of identity. Each essay examines the mechanisms by which ideas about the past were - sometimes - subtly reshaped for present purposes.