Category «Middle Ages»

Download E-books Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy PDF

By Stephen Gaukroger

This bold and critical ebook presents the 1st really common account of Francis Bacon as a thinker. It explores intimately how and why Bacon tried to rework the mostly esoteric self-discipline of common philosophy right into a public perform via a application during which useful technological know-how supplied a version that encouraged many from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. This ebook might be famous as an immense contribution to Baconian scholarship of targeted curiosity to historians of early sleek philosophy, technology, and concepts.

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Download E-books Fabliaux du Moyen Âge, édition bilingue PDF

Écrits pour l. a. plupart au xiiie siècle, les fabliaux sont des contes à rire, des récits courts et sans prétention symbolique, véritable contrepoint et contrepied de l. a. littérature courtoise. Ils racontent, avec un humour journey à travel cynique et tendre, des aventures plaisantes ou exemplaires, et mettent en scène des épisodes de l. a. vie quotidienne médiévale. C’est, ici, l’histoire d’un paysan trompé, là celle d’un savetier se vengeant du prêtre qui l’a fait cocu. Si les femmes n’ont pas toujours le beau rôle – elles sont avares, mégères et inconstantes –, elles apparaissent aussi d’une redoutable habileté... Histoires lestement contées où le discussion anime le scénario, les fabliaux nous invitent à découvrir un Moyen Âge déridé et souriant, dont on méconnaît parfois l’existence.

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Download E-books The Insect and the Image: Visualizing Nature in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700 PDF

By Janice Neri

Once thought of marginal contributors of the animal international (at most sensible) or vile and offensive creatures (at worst), bugs observed a awesome uptick of their prestige in the course of the early Renaissance. This quickened curiosity used to be basically manifested in visible images—in illuminated manuscripts, nonetheless lifestyles work, the ornamental arts, embroidery, cloth layout, and cupboards of interest. In The Insect and the Image, Janice Neri explores the ways that such imagery outlined the insect as a formal topic of analysis for Europeans of the early sleek period.

It was once no longer until eventually the 16th century that bugs started to appear because the sole concentration of work and drawings—as remoted gadgets, or specimens, opposed to a clean historical past. The artists and different photograph makers Neri discusses deployed this “specimen common sense” and so linked themselves with a style of picturing within which the facility to create a hugely particular photograph used to be an indication of inventive expertise and a keenly observant eye. The Insect and the Image exhibits how specimen good judgment either mirrored and complicated a selected realizing of the traditional world—an figuring out that, in flip, supported the commodification of nature that used to be imperative to international exchange and trade through the early smooth era.

Revealing how 16th- and seventeenth-century artists and picture makers formed principles of the flora and fauna, Neri’s paintings complements our wisdom of the convergence of artwork, technological know-how, and trade today.

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Download E-books Early Medieval Settlements: The Archaeology of Rural Communities in North-West Europe 400-900 (Medieval History and Archaeology) PDF

By Helena Hamerow

The excavation of settlements has lately reworked our knowing of north-west Europe within the early center a while. we will for the 1st time start to solution primary questions corresponding to: what did homes seem like and the way have been they provided? how did villages and person farmsteads strengthen? how and while did agrarian creation develop into intensified and the way did this impact village groups? what function did craft construction and exchange play within the rural economic climate? In a interval for which written resources are scarce, archaeology is of important significance in figuring out the 'small worlds' of early medieval groups. Helena Hamerow's commonly illustrated and available examine bargains the 1st review and synthesis of the big and swiftly turning out to be physique of proof for early medieval settlements in north-west Europe, in addition to a attention of the results of this proof for Anglo-Saxon England.

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Download E-books Knight: The Medieval Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual PDF

By Michael Prestwich

An insider’s consultant: the right way to develop into a knight, wield a sword, sign up for a campaign, and make your fortune.

The knight is the preferrred warrior of the center a long time. totally armored and fastened on a powerful charger, he turns out invincible. Honor and glory look ahead to him as, guided by way of the chivalric code, he fights with lance and sword.

This rigorously researched but pleasing e-book presents all of the crucial details you must turn into a winning knight within the later heart a while, in the course of the interval of the Hundred Years’ struggle. if you happen to cross on a campaign? Which order of chivalry may well you think about becoming a member of? what's required in case you struggle through the rite of knighthood?

listed below are the solutions to those and plenty of extra questions plus useful recommendation on issues reminiscent of gear, struggling with tools, and the conventions of conflict. however the knightly existence isn't really all battles and sieges: there also are tournaments and jousts to take pleasure in and the area of courtly love.

in accordance with modern lives and outlines, this book―written through a number one medieval historian―paints a shiny photo of what it was once wish to be a medieval knight. ninety illustrations, 30 in colour

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Download E-books The Varangians of Byzantium PDF

By Sigfús Blöndal, Benedikt Benedikz

An air of secrecy of romance has clung concerning the Varangians for over six centuries. This e-book examines how the Norsemen got here to be drawn into the Imperial carrier till the best of all of the Emperors of the East, Basil II, shaped them into the regiment of guards which was once to offer distinct carrier to the Empire. It surveys the historical past of the regiment all the way down to the cave in of excessive Byzantium in 1204 and lines the remnant of the Varangians to the final day of the Empire in may possibly 1453.

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Download E-books English Mystics of the Middle Ages (Cambridge English Prose Texts) PDF

This version brings jointly for the 1st time key texts representing the writings of the medieval English mystics. The texts are newly edited from manuscripts, and are supplemented with notes and a thesaurus. The ebook makes a speciality of 5 significant authors, Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, the nameless writer of The Cloud of Unknowing, Dame Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe; extracts from modern translations also are integrated to demonstrate the reception of eu mystical texts in later medieval England.

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