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Linguistic Models and Methods

Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World : Eostre, Hreda and the Cult of Matrons: Studies in Early Medieval History

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

Book chapter

...This chapter is intended as a brief orientation to the linguistic methods that underpin some of the arguments put forward in the chapters that follow. It is intended to help non-specialists understand the bases on which these arguments...

Literary Representations

A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...Medieval authors, influenced by Classical rhetorical practices, created highly structured literature and economical narratives in European vernacular languages, combining Classical formulas and tropes with contemporary themes, motifs...


A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...The category of “literature” in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages differs from modern understandings of the term. There was less of a focus on texts designed for “leisure” reading, such as novels today, but rather a strong didactic...

Language, Identity, and Assimilation

From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt : Religion, Identity and Politics after the Arab Conquest

I.B.Tauris, 2014

Book chapter

...From the mid-fifth through the tenth century ce, the history of Egypt was primarily documented in three languages: Greek, Coptic, and Arabic. The only notable exceptions are a small number of surviving Latin papyri, and numerically...

Byzantium for Classicists

Byzantium Unbound : Modernity, Imperial Bureaucracy and Islam

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

Book chapter

...When the library of University College London was thinking of cancelling its subscription to Byzantinische Zeitschrift on the grounds that it would not be frequently consulted, Arnaldo Momigliano replied that “the problem would not be what...

Divine Attributes

An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy

I.B.Tauris, 2009

Book chapter

...In attempting to speak of the One in his Enneads, Plotinus famously described it as ‘above being’. The One is unknowable and ineffable – beyond our knowledge and beyond description or characterisation. We know that the One exists, but we...

The Language of Sixth-century Frankish Diplomacy

The Merovingian Kingdoms and the Mediterranean World : Revisiting the Sources

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...The Austrasian Letters, a compilation of sixth-century diplomatic missives, closes with a unique and, by now, famous block of letters documenting a particularly intense period in Frankish-Byzantine relations. On the agenda were two urgent...

Language and Poetry

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

Book chapter

...In the university city of Bologna, surrounded by scholars, Dante felt drawn to resume intellectual activity. His renewed contact with his friend and fellow poet, Cino da Pistoia, revived his memory of the style that they and other members...

Medieval Titulature and Rus’

The Kingdom of Rus’

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...Rus’ was, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, part and parcel of the larger medieval European world. Conceptualizing it this way is an asset when attempting to comprehend the nature of a kniaz’. A comparison can then be made of medieval...

Christianity After the Millennium

A Short History of Medieval Christianity

I.B.Tauris, 2017

Book chapter

...From Mission to Established Church Ralph Glaber (985–1047) was sent off to become a monk as a young boy at the wish of a well-meaning uncle. To begin with he had a chequered monastic career. His bad behaviour led to several moves. Settled...