Aspects of knowledge

Preserving and reinventing traditions of learning in the Middle Ages

by Anke Bernau, Marilina Cesario, Hugh Magennis

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This edited collection explores how knowledge was preserved and reinvented in the Middle Ages. Rather than focusing on a historical period or specific cultural and historical events, it eschews traditional categories of periodisation and discipline, establishing connections and cross-sections between different departments of knowledge. The essays cover the period from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries, examining the history of science (computus, prognostication), the history of art, literature, theology (homilies, prayers, hagiography, contemplative texts), music, historiography and geography. Aspects of knowledge is aimed at an academic readership, including advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as specialists in medieval literature, history of science, history of knowledge, geography, theology, music, philosophy, intellectual history, history of language and material culture.
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This edited collection explores how knowledge was preserved and reinvented in the Middle Ages. Rather than focusing on a particular period or specific cultural and historical events, it eschews traditional categories of periodisation and discipline, establishing connections and cross-sections between different departments of knowledge. The essays cover the period from the eighth to the fifteenth century, examining the history of science (computus, prognostication), the history of art, literature, theology (homilies, prayers, hagiography, contemplative texts), music, historiography and geography. As suggested by its title, the collection does not pretend to aim at inclusiveness or comprehensiveness, but is intended to highlight suggestive strands of what is a very wide topic. The chapters in this volume are grouped into four sections: Part I, Anthologies of Knowledge; Part II Transmission of Christian Traditions; Part III, Past and Present; and Part IV, Knowledge and Materiality, which are intended to provide the reader with a further thematic framework for approaching aspects of knowledge. Section I considers the transmission of learning in anthologies and collections of texts that not only preserve existing knowledge but also develop and add to or modify that knowledge. Section II examines how aspects of Christian tradition are constructed and then appropriated and used over time. Section III, illustrates how the past interacts with the culture and politics of the period to fit the needs of contemporary writers and audiences. The final section explores ways in which material objects were instrumental in the preservation and circulation of knowledge. Aspects of knowledge is mainly aimed to an academic readership, including advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, and specialists of medieval literature, history of science, history of knowledge, history, geography, theology, music, philosophy, intellectual history, history of the language and material culture.

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This edited collection explores how knowledge was preserved and reinvented in the Middle Ages. Rather than focusing on a particular period or specific cultural and historical events, it eschews traditional categories of periodisation and discipline, establishing connections and cross-sections between different departments of knowledge. The essays cover the period from the eighth to the fifteenth century, examining the history of science (computus, prognostication), the history of art, literature, theology (homilies, prayers, hagiography, contemplative texts), music, historiography and geography. As suggested by its title, the collection does not pretend to aim at inclusiveness or comprehensiveness, but is intended to highlight suggestive strands of what is a very wide topic. The chapters in this volume are grouped into four sections: Part I, Anthologies of Knowledge; Part II Transmission of Christian Traditions; Part III, Past and Present; and Part IV, Knowledge and Materiality, which are intended to provide the reader with a further thematic framework for approaching aspects of knowledge. Section I considers the transmission of learning in anthologies and collections of texts that not only preserve existing knowledge but also develop and add to or modify that knowledge. Section II examines how aspects of Christian tradition are constructed and then appropriated and used over time. Section III, illustrates how the past interacts with the culture and politics of the period to fit the needs of contemporary writers and audiences. The final section explores ways in which material objects were instrumental in the preservation and circulation of knowledge. Aspects of knowledge is mainly aimed to an academic readership, including advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, and specialists of medieval literature, history of science, history of knowledge, history, geography, theology, music, philosophy, intellectual history, history of the language and material culture.

Author Biography

Dr Anke Bernau is Lecturer in Medieval Literature and Culture at the University of Manchester; ;

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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: April 2018
  • English
  • 9781526107015 / 1526107015
  • United Kingdom
  • PDF
  • Manchester University Press
  • Readership: General/trade
  • Publish State: Published
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture
  • Reference Code: 8533