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The Resource The medieval gift and the classical tradition : ideals and the performance of generosity in medieval England, 1100-1300, Lars Kjaer, New College of the Humanities

The medieval gift and the classical tradition : ideals and the performance of generosity in medieval England, 1100-1300, Lars Kjaer, New College of the Humanities

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The medieval gift and the classical tradition : ideals and the performance of generosity in medieval England, 1100-1300
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The medieval gift and the classical tradition
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ideals and the performance of generosity in medieval England, 1100-1300
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Lars Kjaer, New College of the Humanities
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Ideals and the performance of generosity in medieval England, 1100-1300
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eng
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"Introduction: Since the 1960s historians studying gift giving have significantly deepened and nuanced our understanding of social, political and religious relations in medieval Europe. From the outset, historians have tended to see gift giving in terms of 'folk models.' In this they have been following in the footsteps of the social anthropologists from whom we have inherited the analytical apparatus of 'gift giving.' The founding father of gift-studies, Marcel Mauss, in his Essai sur le don, presented reciprocal gift exchange as a characteristic feature of archaic societies, found in its clearest form in 'primitive' cultures like that of ancient Germania. Pioneers in the field of medieval gift giving, such as Aaron Gurevich and George Duby, inherited the assumption that gift exchange and the rules of reciprocity that governed it were part of the cultural heritage passed down from the medieval elite's Germanic ancestors. More recently, as we shall see below, historians have been more cautious about explaining medieval gift giving through its supposed archaic roots. The assumption that gift exchange was based on folk traditions of reciprocity deployed in a difficult encounter with Biblical injunctions to charity, has, however, remained widely influential. In this book I suggest that this analytical tradition has led us to overlook or underestimate the influence exercised on medieval gift giving by a very different tradition: classical literature and philosophy"--
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index present
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GT3041.G7
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K56 2019
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought
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4th ser., 114
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  • Gifts
  • Ideals (Philosophy)
  • Generosity
  • England
  • England
  • Civilization
  • Gifts
  • Manners and customs
  • England
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The medieval gift and the classical tradition : ideals and the performance of generosity in medieval England, 1100-1300, Lars Kjaer, New College of the Humanities
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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text
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The gift in classical literature -- De beneficiis in medieval contexts -- Writing generosity -- Sanctifying generosity -- Romancing generosity -- Performing generosity
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1097453493
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24 cm
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ix, 225 pages
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9781108424028
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2019009473
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1097453493
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The medieval gift and the classical tradition : ideals and the performance of generosity in medieval England, 1100-1300, Lars Kjaer, New College of the Humanities
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The gift in classical literature -- De beneficiis in medieval contexts -- Writing generosity -- Sanctifying generosity -- Romancing generosity -- Performing generosity
Control code
1097453493
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 225 pages
Isbn
9781108424028
Lccn
2019009473
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1097453493

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