Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9781789142129 Will Publish June 2020 For sale in North and South America only

Heroes and Marvels of the Middle Ages

Jacques Le Goff

Heroes and Marvels of the Middle Ages

Jacques Le Goff

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Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan
224 pages | 10 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9781789142129 Will Publish June 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Heroes and Marvels of the Middle Ages is a history like no other: it is a history of the imagination, presented between two celebrated groups of the period. One group consists of heroes: Charlemagne, El Cid, King Arthur, Orlando, Pope Joan, Melusine, Merlin the Wizard, and also the fox and the unicorn. The other is the miraculous, represented here by three forms of power that dominated medieval society: the cathedral, the castle, and the cloister. Roaming between the boundaries of the natural and the supernatural, between earth and the heavens, the medieval universe is illustrated by a shared iconography, covering a vast geographical span. This imaginative history is also a continuing story, which presents the heroes and marvels of the Middle Ages as the times defined them: venerated, then bequeathed to future centuries where they have continued to live and transform through remembrance of the past, adaptation to the present, and openness to the future.
Contents
Preface Introduction Arthur The Cathedral Charlemagne The Castle Knights and Chivalry El Cid The Cloister The Land of Cockaigne The Jongleur The Unicorn Melusina Merlin Pope Joan Reynard Robin Hood Roland Tristan and Iseult Troubadours and Trouvères The Valkyrie Bibliography
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