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The Resource The medieval warrior aristocracy : gifts, violence, performance, and the sacred, Andrew Cowell

The medieval warrior aristocracy : gifts, violence, performance, and the sacred, Andrew Cowell

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The medieval warrior aristocracy : gifts, violence, performance, and the sacred
Title
The medieval warrior aristocracy
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gifts, violence, performance, and the sacred
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Andrew Cowell
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Language
eng
Summary
The process of identity formation during the central Middle Ages [10th-12th centuries] among the warrior aristocracy was fundamentally centered on the paired practices of gift giving and violent taking, inextricably linked elements of the same basic symbolic economy. These performative practices cannot be understood without reference to a concept of the sacred, which anchored and governed the performances, providing the goal and rationale of social and military action. After focussing on anthropological theory, social history, and chronicles, the author turns to the "literary" persona of the hero as seen in the epic. He argues that the hero was specifically a narrative touchstone used for reflection on the nature and limits of aggressive identity formation among the medieval warrior elite; the hero can be seen, from a theoretical perspective, as a "supplement" to his own society, who both perfectly incarnated its values but also, in attaining full integrity, short-circuited the very mechanisms of identity formation and reciprocity which undergirded the society. The book shows that the relationship between warriors, heroes, and their opponents (especially Saracens) must be understood as a complex, tri-partite structure - not a simple binary opposition - in which the identity of each constituent depends on the other two
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OCLCE
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1963-
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Cowell, Andrew
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Gallica / Woodbridge, Suffolk, England,
Series volume
v. 6
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  • Heroes in literature
  • Literature, Medieval
  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Ceremonial exchange
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • TRAVEL
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Ceremonial exchange
  • Heroes in literature
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Literature, Medieval
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The medieval warrior aristocracy : gifts, violence, performance, and the sacred, Andrew Cowell
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file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The power of giving -- The symbolic constitution of the giving subject: William the Conqueror and Robert Guiscard -- Violence and "taking": towards a generalized symbolic economy -- Taking an identity: The poem of the Cid -- The sacred kept -- The hero, gratuity and alterity: The song of Roland -- The supplemental hero: Raoul of Cambrai -- Female integrity and masculine desires in The Nibelungenlied -- Fractured identities, and the solution of chivalry: William of Orange -- Conclusion: a new, different warrior aristocracy
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ocn651677313
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (198 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781846155727
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
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22573/ctt1xhwc
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)651677313
Label
The medieval warrior aristocracy : gifts, violence, performance, and the sacred, Andrew Cowell
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The power of giving -- The symbolic constitution of the giving subject: William the Conqueror and Robert Guiscard -- Violence and "taking": towards a generalized symbolic economy -- Taking an identity: The poem of the Cid -- The sacred kept -- The hero, gratuity and alterity: The song of Roland -- The supplemental hero: Raoul of Cambrai -- Female integrity and masculine desires in The Nibelungenlied -- Fractured identities, and the solution of chivalry: William of Orange -- Conclusion: a new, different warrior aristocracy
Control code
ocn651677313
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (198 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781846155727
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1xhwc
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)651677313

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