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Courtly Culture: Literature and Society in the High Middle Ages
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0715632736, Paperback)A classic study of the rise and fall of medieval courtly culture; Every aspect of 'courtly culture' comes to life in Joachim Bumke's extraordinarily rich and well-documented presentation, splendidly translated from the German by Thomas Dunlap. A renowned medievalist with an encyclopaedic knowledge of original sources and a passion for history, Bumke overlooks no detail, from the material realities of aristocratic society - the castles and clothing, weapons and transportation, food, drink, and table etiquette - to the behaviour prescribed and practiced at tournaments, knighting ceremonies, and great princely feasts. The courtly knight and courtly lady, and the transforming idea of courtly love, are seen through the literature that celebrated them, and we learn how literacy among an aristocratic laity spread from France through Germany and became the basis of a cultural revolution. At the same time, Bumke clearly challenges those who have comfortably confused the ideals of courtly culture with their expression in courtly society.
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