Considérations sur une "renaissance" médiévale: Arts, savoirs et politique à la cour de Frédéric II, 1200-1250.
Cet essai réunit des réflexions sur l’interaction entre les arts, les savoirs et la politique à la cour de Frédéric II de Hohenstaufen (1220-1250). Il s’agit de thèmes déjà abordés et développés dans la thèse de doctorat soutenue par l’auteur à l’EHESS de Paris, sous la direction de Jean-Claude Schmitt. Cet ouvrage utilise des documents connus depuis longtemps par les spécialistes, mais encore entièrement inédits, comme par exemple le Liber Introductorius, une somme d'astrologie et cosmologie, œuvre de Michael Scotus (rédigée avec toute probabilité en 1230). La lecture du traité de Pierre d’Eboli sur les bains de Pozzuoli stimule des réflexions sur l'histoire de la science au XIIIe siècle et sur la tradition de l’école de médecine de Salerne, mais aussi sur les méthodologies à suivre pour une analyse des textes et des images (surtout pour les manuscrits à miniatures et pour les techniques de sculpture) dans l’Italie du Sud.
The article is devoted to the study of tradition of representation of angels in the Early Christian and Early Medieval Art of Byzantium and Western Europe.
The aim of this article is to provide a critical analysis of most recent trends in the study of medieval art, especially those approaches which are signaled by last influential works of Jean Wirth, Jérôme Baschet and Olivier Boulnois. I give my view points on several problems and documents of medieval art, try to demonstrate strong and feable sides of recent methodology in the field.
The article is centered on the custom of using of such a specific insignia as parasol in processions of western princes during the Middle Ages.
The article deals with some specific technical forms of representation of royal and princely power in medieval Europe.
The article deals with the medieval custom of plundering of rulers' bodies immediately after their death.
This book brings together a group of leading experts on the political history of Germany and the medieval Empire from the Carolingian period to the end of the Middle Ages. Its purpose is to introduce and analyze key concepts in the study of medieval political culture. The representation of power by means of texts, buildings and images is a theme which has long interested historians. However, recent debates and methodological insights have fundamentally altered the way this subject is perceived, opening it up to perspectives unnoticed by its pioneers in the middle of the twentieth century. By taking account of these debates and insights, this volume explores a series of fundamental questions. How was power defined in a medieval context? How was it claimed, legitimized and disputed? What were the moral parameters against which its exercise was judged? How did different spheres of political power interact? What roles were played by texts, images and rituals in the maintenance of, and challenges to, the political order? The contributors bring varied and original approaches to these and other questions, illuminating the complex power relationships which determined the changing political history of medieval Germany.
This study describes different forrms of adventus ceremonies practicised around 1500 in local towns of the principality of Trier.
"The Millennial Kingdom" is an outline of medieval christian culture, from the time of Fathers up to its apogee around 1300, the age of Dante. The author does not pretend to have described and analyzed all facets of spiritual life during this long period, he focuses on that ones, in which intellectuals, writers and painters left especially deep imprints. The reader will find here, together with great authors and masterpieces, little known and studied monuments in author's photographs, as well as texts translated from latin, old french and other late medieval vernacular languages. These quotations from the primary sources are allways accompanied by polemical reflections on several opinions and clichés, methodological positions and estimations about the Middle Ages, current among historians and in human sciences in XXth and XXIth centuries.