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‘Two thirds of the wealth of this world’

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book Chapter

...Conspicuous prosperity was very much part of the Byzantine myth, for visitors to Constantinople were as much amazed by its opulence as they were by the relics and the churches. ‘Wealth like that of Constantinople’, wrote one, ‘is...

Belief

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...Ideas about dress and fashion influenced medieval belief systems in a variety of ways, from ambitious philosophical questions about human existence, moral virtue, and well-being to everyday concerns about social propriety, bodily...

The Body in Birth and Death

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...The thirteenth-century encyclopedist Thomas of Cantimpré concluded his discussion of human anatomy with a section on the “seven ages of man”; there, he divided the body’s path through time into distinct stages: infancy, childhood...

The Body

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...The historian Jacques Le Goff writes that “the body provided medieval society with one of its principal means of expression . . . Medieval civilization was one of gestures.” In the next paragraph, he adds, “Clothing was of even greater...

Body and Soul

A Cultural History of Food in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...The relationship between body and soul is central to philosophical thought in the Western tradition, even prior to Aristotle’s treatise on the soul. Any attempt to approach this topic in such a way as to communicate the endless diversity...

Cultural Representations

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...All bodies are culturally represented insofar as they are always perceived from inside a culture, through its religious, social, scientific, aesthetic, and medical values and categories. They can be used to show distinctions of power...

Workplace Cultures

A Cultural History Of Work in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...A cloth manufacturer from around 1150 in Ypres, already by that time one of the leading cloth-manufacturing cities of medieval Flanders, would have had great difficulty recognizing his work environment two centuries later in the same city....

The Life Cycle

A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...Carol Gilligan, “Woman’s Place in Man’s Life Cycle,” in Feminism and Methodology: Social Science Issues, ed. Sandra Harding (Bloomington/Milton Keynes: Indiana University Press/Open University Press, 1987), pp. 57–73 (at p. 59).In the life...

Life Cycle

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...The West has become accustomed to a paradigm of human progression: modern individuals grow taller and larger, and live longer; the past is filled with short people experiencing very short lives. It cannot be denied that medieval Europe...

Eating Out

A Cultural History of Food in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...Did most people eat at home in the early and high Middle Ages? Such an opinion would, of course, be considered as evident in view of the fact that the vast majority of the population lived in peasant communities, where food was primarily...