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Author Oldfield, Paul (Lecturer in medieval history), author
Title Urban panegyric and the transformation of the medieval city, 1100-1300 / Paul Oldfield
Imprint Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  HT131 O44 2019    AVAILABLE    30530001312594
Edition First edition
Descript vi, 216 pages ; 24 cm
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Series Oxford studies in medieval European history
Oxford studies in medieval European history
Note This study offers the first extensive analysis of the function and significance of urban panegyric in the Central Middle Ages, a flexible literary genre which enjoyed a marked and renewed popularity in the period 1100 to 1300. In doing so, it connects the production of urban panegyric to major underlying transformations in the medieval city and explores praise of cities primarily in England, Flanders, France, Germany, Iberia, and Italy (including the South and Sicily). The volume demonstrates how laudatory ideas on the city appeared in extremely diverse textual formats which had the potential to interact with a wide audience via multiple textual and material sources. When contextualized within the developments of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries these ideas could reflect more than formulaic, rhetorical outputs for an educated elite, they were instead integral to the process of urbanisation. In Urban Panegyric and the Transformation of the Medieval City, 1100-1300, Paul Oldfield assesses the generation of ideas on the Holy City, on counter-narratives associated with the Evil City, on the inter-relationship between the City and abundance (primarily through discourses on commercial productivity, hinterlands and population size), on0landscapes and sites of power, and on knowledge generation and the construction of urban histories
The sources: an overview -- Interpretation and audience -- The holy city -- The evil city: urban critiques -- The city of abundance: commerce, hinterland, people -- Urban landscapes and sites of power -- Education, history, and sophistication -- In praise of the medieval city: conclusions
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-211) and index
Subject Cities and towns, Medieval -- Europe -- History -- To 1500
Cities and towns, Medieval, in literature
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