The Middle Ages in Texts and Texture is an introduction to medieval Europe unlike any other. These 26 essays, written by accomplished scholars all trained at the University of California, Berkeley, reflect on medieval texts and the opportunities they present for exploration of the Middle Ages. Introduced in a foreword by Thomas N. Bisson (Harvard University), these essays present a textured picture of the medieval world and offer models for how to reflect fruitfully on medieval sources. To help orient the reader, three maps, the editor's introduction, and an index are provided.
Jason Glenn is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Politics and History in the Tenth Century: The Work and World of Richer of Reims (2004) and has published several articles on medieval political, religious, and intellectual culture.
Foreword Acknowledgements A Note on References Introduction Jason Glenn 1. Hearing Voices in Late Antiquity: An Aural Approach to Augustine's Confessions William North 2. Confessor Saints and the Origins of Monasticism: The Lives of Saints Antony and Martin John M. McCulloh 3. The Barbarian Ethos: The Germania, Beowulf, and the Life of Saint Boniface Judith Beall 4. The Written World of Gregory of Tours Sam Collins 5. Two Lives of Saint Radegund Jason Glenn 6. The Avenging Abbot: Gregory the Great and His Life of Saint Benedict Carole Straw 7. Crime and Punishment: Anglo-Saxon Law Codes Kathleen Casey 8. Conversion, Miracles, and the Creation of a People in Bede's Ecclesiastical History Jay Rubenstein 9. Between Two Empires: Einhard and His Charles the Great Jason Glenn 10. Divine Lessons in an Imperfect World: Bernard of Angers and The Book of Sainte Foy's Miracles Kathleen Stewart Fung 11. William of Poitiers Talks about War Jay Rubenstein 12. Epic Values: The Song of Roland Susan P. Millinger 13. Galbert of Bruges: The Notary as Poet Lawrence R. Jannuzzi 14. Odo of Deuil's The Journey of Louis VII to the East: Between The Song of Roland and Joinville's Life of Saint Louis Rudi Paul Lindner 15. Encountering the Cid Helen Nader 16. Wondrous Crusade Encounters: Usamah ibn Munqidh's Book of Learning by Example Adnan Husain 17. Between History and Literature: Chretien de Troyes's Lancelot and Marie de France's Lais Amy G. Remensnyder 18. Walter Daniel's Life of Aelred of Rievaulx: The Heroism of Intelligence and the Miracle of Love Katherine Christensen 19. Richard of Devizes: The Monk Who Forgot to be Medieval Nancy Partner 20. Mission to Crusade: Friar William of Rubruck's Journey to the Mongols Adnan Husain 21. Saint Francis and Salimbene de Adam: The Franciscan Experience of Family Victoria M. Morse 22. Cities and Kingship in the Medieval West: Joinville's Louis IX and Paris John Tuthill 23. The Virgin and the King: Alfonso X's Cantigas de Santa Maria Amy G. Remensnyder 24. Moving the Masses: Cola di Rienzo, the Anonimo Romano, and the Roman Crowd Jennifer A. Heindl 25. Christine de Pizan on Gossip, Misogyny, and Possibility Dallas G. Denery II 26. Why Margery Kempe is Annoying and Why We Should Care Clementine Oliver Contributors Index