Renaissance and Renewal in the Twelfth Century by Robert Louis BensonThe 12th century is probably my favorite century, and the relationship of medieval people to their past is one of my favorite topics. So I am as close to a target audience as this collection of essays is ever going to get.
Theres really something for everyone here (really, theres 700+ pages of essays on a huge swath of topics). There are essays on what renewal actually entailed in the medieval period, how it was articulated, how it shaped science, music, politics, art, literature, and learning. Hovering around the edges is the question of just how much of a renaissance the renaissance of the twelfth century was, which is an interesting question to ask (if maybe not that helpful).
My favorite essays were those by Giles Constable - who foreshadows his The Reformation of the Twelfth Century by exploring language and articulation of reform - and by Robert Benson - who explores how the revived Roman Senate and Frederick Barbarossa both utilized antiquity and rediscovered Roman law to shape their political philosophy. But if youd like to know pretty much anything about cultural life and change in this very important historical period, you can probably find something of interest here.
The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century
Renaissance and renewal in the twelfth century
Brewer, ]. In fact, Bennett's specification of such families as the Booths of Dunham Massey, the Irelands of Hale, and the Chethams ofNuthurst limns out just the kind of milieu posited by Turville-Petre. The individual reader can decide whether to take the additional step of considering Richard II the likely patron of the movement; I remain unconvinced that the accepted dating of the alliterative revival need be pushed back a decade to accommodate this thesis. Cambridge, Mass. No medievalist can ignore it. Gombrich's Deneke Lecture of , "In Search of Cultural History" reprinted in Ideals and Idols, , took exception to a view of history that saw all periods as movements, as embodiments of a single spirit, which reduced men to "Man" and "Man" to history.
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