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Through the Daemon's Gate: Kepler's Somnium, Medieval Dream Narratives, and the Polysemy of Allegorical Motifs

Through the Daemon's Gate: Kepler's Somnium, Medieval Dream Narratives, and the Polysemy of Allegorical Motifs

1st Edition

Dean Swinford
October 28, 2010

This book tells the story of the early modern astronomer Johannes Kepler’s Somnium, which has been regarded by science historians and literary critics alike as the first true example of science fiction. Kepler began writing his complex and heavily-footnoted tale of a fictional Icelandic astronomer...

Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky: Hildegard of Bingen and Premodern Medicine

Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky: Hildegard of Bingen and Premodern Medicine

1st Edition

Victoria Sweet
June 18, 2010

Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky is a detailed study of the medicine of Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval mystic, theologian and composer, who also wrote a practical medical text. Although there has been an explosion of interest in Hildegard's music, theology, illuminations and medicine in the...

Illuminating the Border of French and Flemish Manuscripts, 1270–1310

Illuminating the Border of French and Flemish Manuscripts, 1270–1310

1st Edition

Lisa Moore Hunt
June 04, 2010

This study first examines the marginal repertoire in two well-known manuscripts, the Psalter of Guy de Dampierre and an Arthurian Romance, within their material and codicological contexts. This repertoire then provides a template for an extended study of the marginal motifs that appear in eighteen...

Body and Sacred Place in Medieval Europe, 1100-1389

Body and Sacred Place in Medieval Europe, 1100-1389

1st Edition

Dawn Marie Hayes
August 21, 2009

Body and Sacred Place in Medieval Europe investigates the medieval understanding of sacred place, arguing for the centrality of bodies and bodily metaphors to the establishment, function, use, and power of medieval churches. Questioning the traditional division of sacred and profane jurisdictions,...

Fair and Varied Forms: Visual Textuality in Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts

Fair and Varied Forms: Visual Textuality in Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts

1st Edition

Mary C. Olson
July 01, 2009

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

The King's Two Maps: Cartography & Culture in Thirteenth-Century England

The King's Two Maps: Cartography & Culture in Thirteenth-Century England

1st Edition

Daniel Birkholz
June 16, 2009

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Women of the Humiliati: A Moral Response to Medieval Civic Life

Women of the Humiliati: A Moral Response to Medieval Civic Life

1st Edition

Sally Brasher
June 16, 2009

This book examines the contribution of women to the Humiliati movement, providing original archival evidence indicating that women dominated the group's membership. These findings have implications for both women's spirituality and women's work, correcting the received opinion that the patriarchal...

Saracens and the Making of English Identity: The Auchinleck Manuscript

Saracens and the Making of English Identity: The Auchinleck Manuscript

1st Edition

Siobhain Bly Calkin
June 16, 2009

This book explores the ways in which discourses of religious, racial, and national identity blur and engage each other in the medieval West. Specifically, the book studies depictions of Muslims in England during the 1330s and argues that these depictions, although historically inaccurate, served to...

She, this in Blak: Vision, Truth, and Will in Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Ciseyde

She, this in Blak: Vision, Truth, and Will in Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Ciseyde

1st Edition

Thomas Hill
May 25, 2008

"She, This in Blak" takes a fresh look at Chaucer's great Trojan romance, Troilus and Criseyde, in light of recent scholarship on late scholastic discourses on representation and causality as they pertain to human perception and judgment. This study also contributes to a growing literature on the...

Maps and Monsters in Medieval England

Maps and Monsters in Medieval England

1st Edition

Asa Simon Mittman
April 30, 2008

This study centers on issues of marginality and monstrosity in medieval England. In the middle ages, geography was viewed as divinely ordered, so Britain's location at the periphery of the inhabitable world caused anxiety among its inhabitants. Far from the world's holy center, the geographic...

Traveling Through Text: Message and Method in Late Medieval Pilgrimage Accounts

Traveling Through Text: Message and Method in Late Medieval Pilgrimage Accounts

1st Edition

Elka Weber
September 16, 2005

First Published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

The Medieval Tradition of Thebes: History and Narrative in the Roman de Thebes, Boccaccio, Chaucer, and Lydgate

The Medieval Tradition of Thebes: History and Narrative in the Roman de Thebes, Boccaccio, Chaucer, and Lydgate

1st Edition

Dominique Battles
May 06, 2004

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

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