The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 7, c.1415-c.1500 by Christopher Allmand PDF

By Christopher Allmand

ISBN-10: 0521382963

ISBN-13: 9780521382960

This 7th quantity of the recent Cambridge Medieval heritage covers the final century (interpreted commonly) of the conventional Western center a long time. It takes account of a lot new examine and smooth, interdisciplinary methods to the examine and writing of heritage to offer a vast view of overdue medieval society throughout Europe. It offers with rules approximately govt, social and financial swap and improvement, the realm of the spirit, in addition to the historical past of person nations, in lots of of which the powers of imperative executive have been significantly prolonged.

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Political propaganda was becoming a well-established practice, with its own techniques, of which one was the use of the written word. Political prophecy, often irrational, helped to stir up the debate about government; astrology was a princely enthusiasm, and the proliferation of mystics bearing supposedly divine messages, of whom Joan of Arc was the most remarkable, was a characteristic of this age. Speeches, in particular sermons, could convey unequivocal declarations of political thought. 28 These, and many others, reveal close links with theoretical texts which, without being direct descendants of political ideas, bear witness to the vigour of their circulation.

Uyttebrouck (1992). 22 Muir (1981); Trexler (1980); see Klapisch-Zuber (1985). Arasse (1985). Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 10 jean-philippe genet text s and speeches: political theory and practice It would be a mistake to believe that only educated elites read and understood texts; in the same way the pictures, gestures and spoken words known to us are indicative of more than a mass oral culture. Some rituals showed evidence of erudition. 23 Conversely, other works had a popular appeal.

In the official correspondence of the Florentine chancery the chancellors, Coluccio Salutati and later Bruni himself, extolled republican values, starting with liberty, as against the tyranny and despotism of the Visconti. 94 This expression of the doctrine of a city’s sovereignty or its popular foundations was scarcely new, being found in varying degrees in the works of Azo, Bartolus, Ptolemy of Lucca and even of Marsilius of Padua. But Bruni and Vergerio argued the respective merits of the Florentine and Venetian constitutions from the standpoint of Aristotle’s definition of the best possible constitution; indeed Bruni had retranslated the Politics in their entirety.

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