Political Order and Forms of Communication in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Edited by Yoshihisa Hattori
Collana: I libri di Viella, 171
Pubblicazione: Febbraio 2014
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‘Communication’ has become one of the most vibrant areas of current research on medieval and early modern Europe, almost paralleling the heightened popularity of conflict study since the 1980s. However, the nature of this concept seems to be ambiguous and has been defined with multiple nuances. Needless to say, communication in the Middle Ages was usually accomplished by personal presence, contact, and interaction, including conflict and its settlement. In this sense, the process of communication often comprised symbolic and ritual action.

In response to concerns about the study of political communication, it should be emphasised that communication may confirm and spread certain fundamental ideas, social values and norms, bringing about certain patterns of behaviour and mentality that can be shared by members of the political body and community. The authors of these essays discuss the characteristics of political communication in medieval and early modern Europe by highlighting two aspects: ‘ritual and symbolic communication’, and ‘conflict, feuds and communication’.

  • Yoshihisa Hattori, Communication, Conflict, Ritual, and Order: An Introduction (p. 7-29)
  • I. Forms of Political Communication in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
    • Gerd Althoff, Questions and Perspectives. Medieval Studies in Germany and the “Performative Turn” (p. 33-51)
      Comments by Nobutada Zushi (p. 52-61)
    • Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, Rituals of Decision-making? Early Modern European Assemblies of Estates as -Acts of Symbolic Communication (p. 63-95)
      Comments by Taku Minagawa (p. 96-107)
    • Giorgio Chittolini, Private Wars at the End of the Middle Ages: Notes on Italy and Germany in the 15th Century (p. 109-162)
      Comments by Keiko Takada (p. 133-144)
    • Andrea Gamberini, The Vocabulary of War in the Duchy of Milan: A Language of Class (p. 145-172)
  • II. Communication and Conflict in England and France in the Central and Late Middle Ages
    • Atsuko Nakamura, Introduction (p. 175-177)
    • Atsuko Nakamura, Anglo-Norman Kings and the “Renewal” of Charters: Examples from the History of the Church of Abingdon (p. 179-1979
    • Kotaro Todoroki, Modes of Tribunal Proof and Bonds of Friendship or Fidelity in Western France in the 11th and 12th Centuries (p. 199-212)
    • Nobutada Zushi, Negotiations and the Use of Documents in 13th Century Toulouse (p. 213-229)
    • Hideki Aotani, The Papal Indulgence as a Medium of Communication in the Conflict between Charles the Bold and Ghent, 1467-69 (p. 231-249)
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