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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
Paul Henley

Llewelyn-Davies does not make this explicit, in East Africa, as any viewer familiar with the MacDougalls’ work or the Woodhead-Turton films will surely be aware, ‘development’ is often merely a euphemism for change imposed on pastoralist societies by national governments. By means of a diaristic narrative, Llewelyn-Davies appears to have been seeking to distance herself from the intense political polemic surrounding pastoralism in the region so that she could focus instead on the reality of everyday experience for the Maasai, or as she puts it ‘to give their present

in Beyond observation
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Family, gender and post-colonial issues in three Vietnam War texts
Marion Gibson

concern – something masculine-oriented political polemic is incapable of imaging in its binary parental tropes. Hayslip’s often explicitly feminised, fluid rhetoric allows her to rewrite the notion of war as a family quarrel. When Hay slip discusses America s role in the war, her imagery initially seems to echo Dawn’s. As he suggests, the earth and the natural world are seen as embodying parental virtues

in Gender and warfare in the twentieth century
David H. Hume

such wiles, Ulster stands for King and country and Empire. If the Government attempts to coerce it, there will be bloodshed on an extensive scale.’ 37 In similar vein on Empire Sunday 1914, Charles Grierson, the Dean of St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, in the course of a political polemic, summed up his position precisely: ‘I believe Ulster will never submit as a conquered province. Men speak of Ireland

in ‘An Irish Empire’?
Scott Hamilton

essentialises a complex body of ideas, reducing it to a few crude formulations, links these formulations to discredited political positions, and gives the ideas a teleological quality, in an effort to undercut any future attempt to revise or otherwise rehabilitate them. Under the guise of intellectual history, the young Stalinist pursues the crudest political polemic.14 The same procedure can be observed in My Correct Views on Everything and Main Currents of Marxism. Marx wrote millions of words in an extraordinary range of genres, from political journalism to poetry to

in The crisis of theory