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Religion and power in the Frankish Kingdoms: studies in honour of Mayke de Jong

This book, written in honour of Mayke De Jong, offers twenty-five essays focused upon the importance of religion to Frankish politics. It deals with religious discourse and political polemic in studies that take up the themes of identity, and the creative deployment of the language of the Old Testament within Frankish society. The book explores how the use of ethnic rhetoric in a Christian context shaped medieval perceptions of community. It shows that the Carolingian way of dealing with the Adoptionist challenge was to allow a conversation between the Spanish bishops and their Frankish opponents to take place. Charlemagne's role in the Vita Alcuini as a guardian of orthodoxy who sought to settle a controversy by organising and supervising a theological debate was striking. The book also discusses the admonition of an abbot of Frankish origin who came from southern France and made his monastic career in southern Italy. It showcases three letter manuscripts that share certain features but are different in other aspects. The first manuscript is a collection of the Moral Letters from Seneca to his pupil Lucilius , Paris , BnF, lat. 8658A. The book demonstrates that the lists of amici, viventes et defuncti reflected how the royal monastery was interacting with ruling elites, at different levels, and how such interactions were an essential part of its identity. It also examines the context of Monte Cassino's fading into the background, in the conviction that both political and religious concerns were at play.

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Rosamond McKitterick

bear witness to the ways in which Mayke’s work has inspired further reflection, whether to complement her insights or build upon them. The editors have commissioned chapters with a strong theme  – religion and power in the Frankish Kingdom  – and have created a coherent book rather than a miscellany of papers. They have neatly organised the book to embrace the principal themes of both Mayke’s own interests and contributions to scholarship, and the work she has inspired among her students. The first set of chapters are concerned with religious discourse and political

in Religious Franks
David J. Appleby

This chapter aims to decode the rhetorical content of the farewell sermons of the Bartholomean clergy, describing how political comment was skilfully embedded in the exegesis and how the apocalyptic epistemology that underpinned so many texts could hardly fail to produce highly charged political polemic. The analysis reveals that most of the extant farewell sermons rely heavily on the New Testament. A number of themes featured consistently in the farewell sermons, including the eschatological significance of the ejection, memories of armed conflict, imminent persecution and the implications of civil death.

in Black Bartholomew’s Day
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Victor Skretkowicz

Politics, 1627–1660 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999 ), notes how, from the second decade of the seventeenth century onwards, many writers of political polemic and its literary representations employed a hitherto undreamed-of directness of expression. In some measure both of these observations could apply to the potentially elitist, politically charged vocabulary used by Sidney

in European erotic romance
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Tony Kushner

construction.23 In addition, there are many journeys in which the migrant voice is simply absent from the historical record or where certain types of migrants are heard and not others. Such distortions and silences in the archives have always to be recognised. Because of its overarching ambitions, the sources used are numerous and varied, including government documentation, debate and legislation; political polemic; speeches; SMSs; organisational archives and personal papers; census Introduction and contexts records; autobiographical writings (published and archival

in The battle of Britishness
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EP Thompson’s late work
Scott Hamilton

10 After St Paul’s: EP Thompson’s late work ‘The Poverty of Theory’ is an unusual work in the EP Thompson canon. Preoccupied with the rarefied worlds of the philosophy of history and Marxology, and full of abstract, rather difficult language, the essay contrasts with Thompson’s famous exercises in social history and political polemic. Thompson himself seemed discomforted by the text: in the foreword to The Poverty of Theory and Other Essays he apologised for ‘abstraction’, and promised a companion volume, which he planned to call Reasoning, as a sort of

in The crisis of theory
Shayne Aaron Legassie

stage for being what one most is and as a crucible for becoming what one is not yet, the pilgrimage road was a uniquely powerful tool for fixing and contesting artistic and social orthodoxies. Politics, polemic and the pilgrimage road Whenever a medieval text identifies a road with the act of pilgrimage, whenever it highlights the presence of pilgrims as the salient feature of that road, it usually does so with some rhetorical calculation or self-interest or political investment in mind. An order issued by Edward II in 1346, for example, characterized the road that

in Roadworks
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Levellers and historians
Rachel Foxley

earlier seventeenth century, and recent historians of the civil war have discerned radical ideas and energies right at the outset of the English events, in the later 1630s and early 1640s.27 Even historians of a more revisionist temper would concede that the civil wars fought across the three kingdoms generated a new world of political polemic and an outburst of print; saw the breakdown of effective enforcement of press censorship and religious conformity; and brought the usual pressures 7 Foxley_Levellers.indd 7 06/12/2012 12:39 The Levellers and dislocations of

in The Levellers
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David J. Appleby

produce highly charged political polemic. Chapter 4 reveals how this polemic was affected by the process of scribal and printed circulation, whilst chapter 5 explores the polemical responses of the Bartholomeans’ detractors to that process. In particular, it will be argued that figures in the Restoration establishment exploited the texts not simply to pursue an anti-Puritan (particularly anti-Presbyterian) agenda, but often in order to promote factions at Court and further their personal careers. The transforming effects of such interventions are confirmed in chapter 6

in Black Bartholomew’s Day
A world turned upside-down?
John Walter

death of monarchy did not see any such increase in disorder. Why was this? For a start, we need to repeat that much of the evidence that the historian is forced to rely on exaggerates the threat of social upheaval. With the certainties of the world collapsing around them, propertied contemporaries were in the grip of a moral panic. Their fears were fed by the unprecedented spate of cheap pamphlets and newsletters and the propaganda of both Royalists and Parliamentarians. Second, viewed through the distorting prism of political polemic and their own fears, the threat

in Crowds and popular politics in early modern England