By Marcus Bull (auth.)

This ebook is geared toward scholars coming to the examine of western eu medieval historical past for the 1st time, and in addition graduate scholars on interdisciplinary medieval reviews programmes. It examines where of the center a while in smooth pop culture, exploring the roots of the stereotypes that seem in movies, on tv and within the press, and asking why they continue to be so continual. The e-book additionally asks even if 'medieval' is certainly an invaluable class when it comes to old periodization. It investigates many of the specific demanding situations posed by means of medieval assets and the ways that they've got survived. And it concludes with an exploration of the relevance of medieval heritage in contemporary world.

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Visually speaking, the Vikings account for one of the most well-defined bodies of medieval images, from horned helmets (alas, a modern misconception) to longships (an image more securely anchored in medieval reality thanks to some spectacular archaeological discoveries). The repertoire of powerful and memorable images helps to explain why the Vikings have influenced countless visions of the barbarian and his world, good and bad, in fantasy-based books, films and games. It is significant that J. R. R.

In this novel the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris is more than an impressive backdrop for much of the action. It is almost like a living character. It expresses the values and habits of mind of a whole civilization, a civilization that at the time in which the novel is set, 1482, is succumbing to a new and modernizing order represented by the figure of King Louis XI. Hugo served on committees dedicated to the preservation of France’s old buildings, and he wrote articles fulminating against the architectural ‘vandals’ who were tearing down medieval structures in towns across France in the name of progress and profit.

It was taken for granted that men were more important than women, and there was also a leaning towards the history of people from the higher social levels, so it is not surprising that particular attention was paid to the ideas and values of medieval aristocratic males. That meant, of course, the code of chivalry. Early and influential treatments include Jean-Baptiste de la Curne de SaintePelaye’s Mémoires sur l’ancienne chevalerie (1750–2) and Richard Hurd’s Letters on Chivalry and Romance (1762).

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