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Introduction

Roberta Milliken

Roberta Milliken is Professor of English at Shawnee State University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...This is a book about hair—which means that it is also a book about history, about culture, and about language as well as symbolism. At first glance, thinking so specifically about hair might give one pause. Is something that is so common...

‘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...

The History of Freedom in Early Modern Europe (1348–1648)

Jim Coons

Jim Coons is an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lesson Plan

...Introduction “Freedom” in the modern world often appears as an absolute, self-evident ideal—in many ways individual liberty defines modernity itself. The lessons outlined below are designed to encourage an historical understanding...

Fashion and Adornment

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Every medieval person dressed themselves in clothing appropriate for their status, gender, and religion. Margaret Scott , Medieval Dress...

Agreements

A Cultural History of Law in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Introduction This chapter examines the culture of trading in the late medieval period, a time when the occupational guilds were at the “zenith of their power” over commerce and industry in England (Gross 1890: 117). It considers...

Cultural Representations: Head and Body Hair in Medieval Art

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Cultural History Chapter

...Hair’s malleability makes it a perfect medium for establishing identity, whether of one’s ethnic or racial origin, gender, class status, or religious persuasion. But even more manipulable are visual representations of hair. We will never...

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...