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Life-Stages in the Byzantine Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Encyclopedia entry

...Topic/Event Description In Byzantium, the eastern Roman Empire, fundamental ideas about age, the family, and the stages of life (childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and so on) were influenced by the empire’s inheritance of the laws...

A Nadīm for the Sultan: Rāwandī and the Anatolian Seljuks

The Seljuks of Anatolia : Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East

I.B. Tauris, 2013

Book chapter

...I dedicate this chapter to the memory of K. Allin Luther, whose course on Perso-Islamic civilisation at the University of Michigan inspired me to study the medieval Turco-Iranian world.‘As long as the world turns, may Khusraw be just...

Hair and Social Class

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...In the stratified society of medieval Europe from about 800 to about 1450 a person’s social rank was determined by birth. In the later Middle Ages sumptuary laws closely regulated how members of each of the classes should dress with regard...

Introduction: Why philosophy matters

Why Medieval Philosophy Matters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...This introductory chapter is devoted to explaining why philosophy in general matters to society at large. This means confronting the redundancy thesis, that is, the view that the sciences can address all meaningful questions, and so...

Preliminaries

Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire : The Sasanian–Parthian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran

I.B. Tauris, 2008

Book chapter

...The Arsacids Sometime before the middle of the third century BCE, an Iranian people known as the DahaeFor the Dahae, see de Blois, F. and Vogelsang, W., ‘Dahae’, in Ehsan Yarshater (ed.), Encyclopae- dia Iranica, pp. 581–582, New York...

Scholasticism and Western ‘disenchantment’

Why Medieval Philosophy Matters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...Weber contends that modern Western civilization is ‘disenchanted’ because our society’s method of arriving at beliefs about the world, that is, the sciences, is unable to address questions of value. The result is that we are prone...

Private Life and the Middle Ages

The Ages of Faith : Popular Religion in Late Medieval England and Western Europe

I.B.Tauris, 2009

Book chapter

...This chapter was originally published in The Month, September/October 1990, pp. 388–92. The copyright belongs to Trustees for Roman Catholic Purposes (114 Mount Street, London W1)The publication of volume 3, Passions of the Renaissance...

Food Production

A Cultural History of Food in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Population and Environment in Early Medieval Europe The impact on western Europe of the so-called barbarian migrations that took place between the end of the fourth century...

Work and Society

A Cultural History of Work in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...This chapter addresses the theme “Work and Society” from 800 to 1450, focusing specifically on social welfare within European Christendom. In this lengthy span of time, Europe experienced major changes in the balance of rural and urban...

Legal Profession

A Cultural History of Law in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...The establishment of the Roman Barbarian kingdoms in the West marked not only the end of law schools, but also the demise of a professional class whose identity had been based for centuries on the acquisition of knowledge through a strict...