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Humour, history and politics in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages

Author: Guy Halsall
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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These essays range from the late Roman empire through to the tenth century, and from Byzantium to Anglo-Saxon England, taking a historian's perspective to look at the use of irony, ridicule and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Humor
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Guy Halsall
ISBN: 9780521133654 0521133653
OCLC Number: 528432366
Description: pages cm
Contents: Notes on contributors; Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction: 'Don't worry, I've got the key' Guy Halsall; Part I. The Fate of Humorous Writing: 1. Laughter and humour in the early medieval Latin west Danuta Schanzer; 2. Humour and the everyday in Byzantium John Haldon; Part II. Humour and the Politics of Difference: 3. The lexicon of abuse: drunkenness and political illegitimacy in the late Roman world Mark Humphries; 4. Funny foreigners: laughing with the barbarians in late Antiquity Guy Halsall; 5. Liutprand of Cremona's sense of humour Ross Balzaretti; Part III. Humour, History and Politics in the Carolingian World: 6. 'He never even allowed his white teeth to be bared in laughter': the politics of humour in the Carolingian renaissance Matthew Innes; 7. Alcuin's Disputatio Pippini and the early medieval riddle tradition Martha Bayless; 8. Laughter after Babel's fall: misunderstanding and miscommunication in the ninth-century west Paul Kershaw; Index.
Responsibility: edited by Guy Halsall.

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