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Introduction: The Sensual Middle Ages

Richard G. Newhauser

Richard G. Newhauser is Professor of English and Medieval Studies at Arizona State University, Tempe, USA. He is the author of, among other works, The Early History of Greed (2000); Sin: Essays on the Moral Tradition in the Western Middle Ages (2007); and co-editor of Sin in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (2012). He recently co-edited “Pleasure and Danger in Perception: The Five Senses in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance,” a special issue of The Senses & Society (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of the Senses in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...Recent scholarship on the senses has demonstrated that an essential step in writing a comprehensive cultural history involves the reconstruction of a period’s sensorium, or the “sensory model” of conscious and unconscious associations...

Introduction

Kim M. Phillips

Kim M. Phillips is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and author of Medieval Maidens: Young Women and Gender in England, 1275-1540 and co-author of Sex Before Sexuality: A Premodern History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...Who are women? Who are they? Are they serpents, wolves, lions, dragons, vipers, or rapacious, devouring beasts and enemies of humanity? Then read this Art [of Love]: learn how to invent ruses! Take them forcefully! Deceive them! Insult...

Introduction

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...In 1995, a leading medieval historian published an essay entitled “Why All the Fuss about the Medieval Body?”Caroline Walker Bynum, “Why All the Fuss about the Body? A Medievalist’s Perspective,” Critical Inquiry 22 (Autumn 1995): 1–33...

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...

Family Relationships

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...Most children are born and grow up within a familial context, so a broader understanding of family and family relationships is essential to the study of childhood. Although historical scholarship on the family flourishes, this is untrue...

Introduction: Medieval Theatre Makes History

Jody Enders

Jody Enders is Distinguished Professor of French at the University of California, Santa Barbara USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Theatre in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...Imagine that the year is 1350. Slowly but surely, feudal lordships have given way to burgeoning urbanization; the Crusades are over but their legacy lives on; a shift in Japanese political power moves the shoguns to Kyoto; Ottoman Turks...

Subjugation 800–1200

Gerald Stone

Gerald Stone FBA is an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, UK. He is the author of The Smallest Slavonic Nation: The Sorbs of Lusatia and numerous other books and articles on aspects of the language and culture of the Wends, Sorbs and Kashubs, including an Upper Sorbian-English Dictionary. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Slav Outposts in Central European History : The Wends, Sorbs and Kashubs

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book Chapter

...In 806 a Frankish army invaded the land of the Wends settled between the Elbe and Saale, and in the time of Henry the Fowler (r. 919–36) eastward expansion became a central Imperial objective. Conquest was followed by Christianization...

Artistic Representations

Brigitte Resl

Brigitte Resl is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Liverpool and is author of Understanding Animals, 1150-1350 and co-author of Writing Nature in the Early Middle Ages. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Animals in the Medieval Age Volume 2

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...“Animals are good to think [with].”C. Lévi-Strauss, The Savage Mind (1972; repr., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), p. 162. This is one of the reasons why animals provide many of the most popular motifs in medieval art, especially...

Dis/enabling Courtesy and Chivalry in the Middle English and Early Modern Gawain Romances and Ballads

Approaching Facial Difference : Past and Present

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book Chapter

...This chapter seeks to examine courtesy and chivalry in the middle English and early modern Gawain romances and ballads in the context of dis/enabling facial disfigurement. Disability and disfigurement offer a means to critique...

Beauty

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...Studying the history of human beauty is a difficult endeavor as it was a complex aspect of medieval experience. It is not uncommon to think of beauty as a set of positive, desirable, and historically determined ideal traits forming a canon....