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The dangers of ritual : between early medieval texts and social scientific theory

Author: Philippe Buc
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
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"Medieval historians will find this book an indispensable resource for its insights into methodological issues crucial to their discipline. As Buc demonstrates, only rigorous attention to the contexts within which authors worked can allow us to reconstruct from medieval documents how "rituals" might have functioned. Ultimately, he argues, too swift an application of contemporary models to highly complex textual  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philippe Buc
ISBN: 0691016046 9780691016047
OCLC Number: 45951608
Description: xi, 272 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Writing Ottonian hegemony : good rituals and bad rituals in Liudprand of Cremona --
Ritual consensus and ritual violence : texts and events in ninth-century Carolingian political culture --
Rites of saints and rites of kings : consensus and transgression in the works of Gregory of Tours --
The late antique matrix : martyrdom and ritual --
Rites, rituals, and order, ca 1500-ca. 1800 --
Medieval history and the social sciences, ca. 1800-ca. 1970.
Responsibility: Philippe Buc.
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Central to the understandings of medieval history is the concept of political ritual, encompassing events from coronations to funerals, entries into cities, civic games, banquets, hunting, acts of  Read more...

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This attempt to bring medievalists into fuller awareness of the social science theories they employ but often have never studied at length is most commendable. Choice An intelligent and curious Read more...

 
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