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Anger's Past The Social Uses of an Emotion in the Middle Ages

ISBN-10: 0801483433

ISBN-13: 9780801483431

Edition: 1998

Authors: Barbara H. Rosenwein

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Books have rarely been written about the history of any emotion except love and shame, and this volume is the very first on the meaning of anger in the Middle Ages. Well aware of modern theories about the nature of anger, the authors consider the role of anger in the social lives and conceptual universes of a varied and significant cross-section of medieval people: monks, saints, kings, lords, and peasants. They are careful to distinguish between texts (the sources on which historians must rely) and the reality behind the texts. They are sensitive, as well, to the differences between ideals and normative behavior. The first eight essays in the volume focus on anger in the Latin West, while the last two turn to the fringes of Europe (the Celtic and Islamic worlds) for purposes of comparison. Barbara H. Rosenwein concludes the volume with an essay on modern conceptions of anger and their implications for understanding its role in the Middle Ages. The essays reveal much that is new about medieval rituals of honor and status and illuminate the rationales behind such seemingly irrational practices as cursing, feuding, and the punishment of blinding.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 1/29/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Monks and Saints
Anger in Monastic Curses
Gertrude's furor: Reading Anger in an Early Medieval Saint's Life
Kings and Emperors
Ira Regis: Prolegomena to a History of Royal Anger
"Just Anger" or "Vengeful Anger"? The Punishment of Blinding in the Early Medieval West
What Did Henry III of England Think in Bed and in French about Kingship and Anger?
Lords and Peasants
The Politics of Anger
"Zealous Anger" and the Renegotiation of Aristocratic Relationships in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century France
Peasant Anger in the Late Middle Ages
Celts and Muslims
Anger and the Celtic Saint
From Anger on Behalf of God to "Forbearance" in Islamic Medieval Literature
Conclusions
Controlling Paradigms
Contributors
Index