Download E-books A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich PDF

By Christopher B. Krebs

The New York instances publication assessment Editor's Choice
Times Literary complement Book of the Year
Choice Outstanding title
Winner of Phi Beta Kappa's 2012 Christian Gauss booklet Award.


"A version of well known highbrow heritage. . . . In each method, 
A most deadly booklet is a so much outstanding achievement."--Washington Post  

When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little e-book concerning the historic Germans, he couldn't have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis might extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy prior to the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this stylish and attractive background, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard collage, lines the wide-ranging impact of the Germania, revealing how an old textual content rose to take its position one of the most deadly books on this planet. 14 illustrations

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Download E-books The Knight in History (Medieval Life) PDF

By Frances Gies

A magisterial heritage of the origins, truth, and legend of the knight

Born out of the chaos of the early heart a while, the armored and hugely cellular knight revolutionized battle and speedy grew to become a mythic determine in heritage. From the Knights Templars and English knighthood to the crusades and chivalry, The Knight in History, by way of acclaimed medievalist Frances Gies, bestselling coauthor of Life in a Medieval Castle, paints a amazing real photograph of knighthood—exploring the knight’s earliest visual appeal as an agent of lawless violence, his reemergence as a dynamic social entity, his eventual disappearance from the eu level, and his transformation into Western culture’s such a lot iconic hero.

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Download E-books From Memory to Written Record: England 1066 - 1307 PDF

This seminal paintings of scholarship, which lines the advance of literacy in medieval England, is now absolutely up to date in a 3rd edition.

  • This publication serves as an advent to medieval books and files for graduate scholars through the world
  • Features a very re-written first bankruptcy, ‘Memories and Myths of the Norman Conquest', and a brand new postscript via the writer reflecting at the reception to the unique book and discussing fresh scholarship on medieval literacy
  • Includes a revised consultant to additional interpreting and a revision of the plates which illustrate medieval manuscripts in detail

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Download E-books The Travels of Sir John Mandeville PDF

By Sir John Mandeville

"Jehan de Mandeville", translated as "Sir John Mandeville", is the identify claimed by means of the compiler of a novel ebook of meant travels, written in Anglo-Norman French, and released among 1357 and 1371. by way of reduction of translations into many different languages it got amazing attractiveness. regardless of the tremendous unreliable and infrequently fantastical nature of the travels it describes, it used to be used as a piece of reference — Christopher Columbus, for instance, was once seriously motivated through either this paintings and Marco Polo's previous Il Milione (Adams 53).

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Download E-books Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages PDF

By Patrick J. Geary

To receive sacred relics, medieval priests plundered tombs, avaricious retailers raided church buildings, and relic-mongers scoured the Roman catacombs. In a revised variation of Furta Sacra, Patrick Geary considers the social and cultural context for those acts, asking how the relics have been perceived and why the thefts met with the approval of medieval Christians.

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Download E-books Medieval Single Women: The Politics of Social Classification in Late Medieval England PDF

By Cordelia Beattie

The one girl is a troubling and disruptive type. Does it denote all single girls, for this reason making a staff which each woman was once a part of throughout her lifestyles? Or, have been the kinds "maiden" and "widow" so culturally major in past due medieval England that "single lady" used to be a residual type for girls visible as anomalous? used to be the class "single guy" utilized in an an identical manner and, if no longer, why? This learn bargains a manner into the advanced technique of social type in past due medieval England.

All societies use classifications in an effort to comprehend and impose order. during this publication, Cordelia Beattie perspectives class as a political act, an act of strength: these classifying needs to make offerings approximately which divisions are most crucial or approximately who falls into which classification, and such offerings have repercussions. Defining how a bunch or a person may be labelled, potential variables reminiscent of social prestige, gender, or age, are prioritized. instead of isolate gender as a variable, this e-book examines the way it pertains to different social cleavages. utilizing a number of ways, from social and cultural background, to gender heritage, and medieval reviews, its unique method deals an cutting edge method of more than a few old texts, from pastoral manuals to tax returns, and guild registers.

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Download E-books Women's Power in Late Medieval Romance (Studies in Medieval Romance) PDF

By Amy N. Vines

The cultural and social energy of ladies within the heart a while may be not easy to track, with proof for it scarce. This ebook argues that medieval romances supply a principal, yet under-explored, resource for and examples of such authority. through reassessing the effect exerted through lady characters, in a spectrum that incorporates either highbrow and chivalric relief and, often times, patronage, it considers how they functioned as types of cultural, highbrow, and social authority in medieval literary texts. as well as examples set through the kinfolk connections, socio-political networks, and textual groups within which they lived, this examine argues that ladies additionally discovered tools of impact from the books they learn. In texts like Troilus and Criseyde and Partonope of Blois, the feminine reader encounters an specific demonstration of ways a woman`s highbrow and fiscal assets can be utilized. The literary representations of women's cultural energy reveal a continuum of effect from non-material results to fabric sway within the medieval patronage process, a power frequently unacknowledged in strictly ancient and extra-literary resources. Amy N. Vines is Assistant Professor within the division of English, college of North Carolina-Greensboro.

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