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Download E-books Medieval Weapons: An Illustrated History of Their Impact (Weapons and Warfare) PDF

By Robert D. Smith, Kelly DeVries

Within the center a long time, the inability of standardized guns intended that one warrior's palms have been usually particularly diversified from another's, even if they have been scuffling with at the comparable facet. And with few significant technological advances in that interval, the evolution of these guns over the centuries used to be incremental. yet evolve they eventually did, bringing palms, armor, and siege guns to the edge of the trendy period. From the autumn of the Roman Empire to the beginnings of the Renaissance, Medieval guns: An Illustrated historical past in their Impact covers the inexorable transformation from warrior within the mail blouse to totally armored knight, from the times of spears and swords to the large-scale adoption of the handgun.

Medieval guns covers this interesting expanse of centuries in chapters dedicated to the early medieval, Carolingian, campaign, and overdue medieval sessions. inside each one interval, the booklet information how guns and armor have been built, what guns have been used for various sorts of battles, and the way guns and armor either stimulated, and have been inspired by means of, altering strategies in battles and sieges.

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Download E-books Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism: The Cluniac Tradition, c.900-1200 (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series) PDF

By Scott G. Bruce

Silence and signal Language in Medieval Monasticism explores the rationales for non secular silence in early medieval abbeys and using nonverbal types of verbal exchange between clergymen whilst principles of silence forbade them from conversing. After reading the religious merits of non-public silence as a kind of security opposed to the perils of sinful discourse in early monastic idea, this paintings indicates how the clergymen of the Abbey of Cluny (founded in 910 in Burgundy) have been the 1st to hire a silent language of meaning-specific hand symptoms that allowed them to exhibit distinctive details with no recourse to spoken phrases. Scott Bruce discusses the linguistic personality of the Cluniac signal language, its primary function within the education of rookies, the precautions taken to avoid its abuse, and the frequent adoption of this practice in different abbeys all through Europe, which ended in the production of locally particular idioms of this silent language.

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Download E-books Medieval Mythography, Volume 3: The Emergence of Italian Humanism, 1321-1475 PDF

By Jane Chance

“An amazing fulfillment and a becoming ultimate quantity within the Medieval Mythography sequence. It includes wonderful, unique remedies of the 3 huge, immense figures of the later heart a long time: Dante, Boccaccio, and Christine de Pizan.”—J. Stephen Russell, writer of Chaucer and the Trivium: The Mindsong of the Canterbury Tales

“There is not anything related to be had in any language. Chance’s satisfactory wisdom of the texts in numerous languages is equaled through her wisdom of the secondary literature in addition to modern literature.”—Jon Solomon, Robert D. Novak Professor of Western Civilization and tradition, collage of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
With this quantity, Jane likelihood concludes her enormous learn of the background of mythography in medieval literature. Her concentration here's the arrival of hybrid mythography, the transformation of mythological statement by way of mixing the scholarly with the courtly and the personal.

Chance’s in-depth exam of works by way of the most important writers of the interval demonstrates how they basically co-opted a thousand-year culture. Their complicated narratives of identification combined statement with poetry, reinterpreted classical gods and heroes to fit own agendas, and gave upward thrust to leading edge strategies similar to “inglossation”—the use of a mythological determine to touch upon the protagonist inside of an autobiographical allegory. during this demeanour, via allegorical authorial projection of the self, the poets explored a subjective international and manifested a burgeoning humanism that will finally come to complete fruition within the Renaissance.

No different paintings examines the mythographic interrelationships between those poets and their targeted and private techniques to mythological commentary.

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Download E-books Moral Dilemmas in Medieval Thought: From Gratian to Aquinas PDF

By M. V. Dougherty

The heritage of ethical hassle conception frequently ignores the medieval interval, overlooking the delicate theorizing through numerous thinkers who debated the life of ethical dilemmas from 1150 to 1450. during this booklet Michael V. Dougherty deals a wealthy and engaging review of the debates that have been pursued by way of medieval philosophers, theologians and canon legal professionals, illustrating his dialogue with a various variety of examples of the ethical dilemmas which they thought of. He indicates that a lot of what turns out specific to twentieth-century ethical conception used to be famous in the past - specifically the view of a few medieval thinkers that a few sorts of wrongdoing are inescapable, and their emphasis at the precept 'choose the lesser of 2 evils'. His publication might be important not just to complex scholars and experts of medieval suggestion, but in addition to these attracted to the historical past of ethics.

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Download E-books Porius PDF

By John Cowper Powys

Extensively considered as Powys's most interesting fulfillment in fiction, 'Porius' hasn't ever been released in its meant shape - before. The end result of a lifelong ardour for Wales and its mythology, 'Porius' is instantly a old novel and a statement at the nature of recent struggle.

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Download E-books Swein Forkbeard's Invasions and the Danish Conquest of England, 991-1017 (Warfare in History) PDF

By Ian Howard

From the conflict of Maldon in 991 throughout the reign of Æethelred (the Unready), England used to be invaded via Scandinavian armies of accelerating dimension and ferocity. Swein Forkbeard, king of Denmark, performed an important half in those invasions, which culminated within the domination of britain and the lengthy reign of his son, Cnut. This research of the invasions demonstrates past doubt that Æthelred was once no indolent and valueless king who bribed invading Vikings to depart: his dating with the Scandinavian armies used to be extra complicated and extra attention-grabbing than has been intended. it truly is both obvious that Swein used to be greater than a marauding Viking adventurer: he used to be a worldly flesh presser who laid the principles for an exceptional northern empire which was once governed via his descendents for a few years after his loss of life. New perception into this fascinating interval of English background is won via targeting the actions of Swein Forkbeard and, after his demise in 1014, the Danish warlord Thorkell the Tall, either extraordinary warriors and political leaders of what's often referred to as 'the moment Viking Age'. Many components resulting in the invasions and conquest are investigated via a serious research of the chronology of occasions, a proof of the commercial historical past, plotting the itineraries of the Scandinavian armies, and a clean exam of the assets, together with the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Encomium, and John of Worcester's Chronicle. IAN HOWARD has a PhD from Manchester collage and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. After a occupation in and trade, he has back to full-time study and has produced numerous papers overlaying various facets of early medieval historical past.

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Download E-books La estirpe de Leonor de Aquitania: Mujeres y poder en los siglos XII y XIII PDF

By Ana Rodríguez López

Contrariamente a lo suele pensarse, las mujeres desempeñaron un papel muy importante en las sociedades medievales. En muchas ocasiones se convirtieron en centro de complejas redes sociales y en protagonistas de los acontecimientos políticos de una época marcada por los angeles violencia pero también por los vínculos personales y espirituales. los angeles estirpe de Leonor es una indagación rigurosa y apasionante sobre cómo esas mujeres transitaron a través de un mundo dominado por unas relaciones feudales que parecían confinarlas a los espacios domésticos. A partir de l. a. bold personalidad de Leonor de Aquitania (1124-1204) este libro traza un fresco del universo femenino que antecedió, sucedió y fue contemporáneo de esta gran mujer, que fue reina de Inglaterra y de Francia y que acompañó a los ejércitos dela Segunda Cruzada. l. a. regulación de los vínculos de parentesco, las presiones eclesiásticas o los angeles capacidad de administrar recursos dibujaron el escenario en que actuó una amplia galería de mujeres a las que este libro da vida en una visión fascinante de un tiempo en que son reconocibles rasgos y pautas que han llegado hasta épocas recientes.

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Download E-books Où va la philosophie médiévale ? (Collège de France) PDF

By Alain de Libera

Où va l. a. philosophie médiévale ? Elle va là où est l. a. philosophie. Elle est là où va los angeles philosophie. Elle est devenue médiévale, passé le Moyen Âge. Elle était seulement philosophie quand le Moyen Âge était encore saeculum modernorum, « siècle des Modernes », pour ceux qui y vivaient. Aujourd’hui, elle va là où doit aller celle ou celui qui veut relater, c’est-à-dire mettre en relation, son histoire. L’archéologie du sujet nous entraîne, en tout cas, dans l’espace comme dans le temps, du concile de Chalcédoine (451 ap. J.-C.) à los angeles philosophie écossaise du xviiie siècle, à los angeles philosophie autrichienne du xixe et pour finir, à los angeles « déconstruction de l. a. déconstruction » du troisième millénaire. Elle est un projet averroïste pour le post-postmodernisme. Alain de Libera est philosophe. Il a enseigné à los angeles Ve Section (Sciences religieuses) de l’École pratique des hautes études et à l’Université de Genève. Il est depuis mars 2013 professeur au Collège de France, titulaire de l. a. chaire d’Histoire de l. a. philosophie médiévale.

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Download E-books A Companion to Bernard of Clairvaux (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition) PDF

Bernard of Clairvaux may be the main arguable determine of Western Europe's bright 12th century. in contrast to Abelard, who's noticeable as a proponent of contemporary pondering, Bernard is frequently relegated to the darkest nook of the center a while. not anything is straightforward with Bernard, yet those clean reviews of him and their reports of modern scholarship allow the reader to make a extra balanced evaluate of the guy, his writings, and his influence on his interval. Bernard emerges as a multifaceted determine who sought to reform monasticism and ended up changing into a saint with an entice almost all periods in medieval society. Bernard lives on this present day with the lay and monastic students who proceed to discover new layers of which means in his writings. members contain Christopher Holdsworth, Michael Casey, James France, Diane Reilly, John Sommerfeldt, Mette B. Bruun, Burcht Pranger, Chrysogonus Waddell, E. Rozanne Elder, and Brian Patrick McGuire.

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