Time in the Medieval World

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Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2001 - History - 176 pages
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The Middle Ages occupy an ambiguous place in history: on the one hand recognizably pre-modern, on the other the birthplace of a modern temporal sensibility. The interest generated by the new millennium has led to a wider appreciation of the medieval origins of many of our temporal ideas, systems and technologies. The contributions to this book suggest current ways of thinking about, and answering, perennial questions about how time was perceived, calculated and spent in the Middle Ages. The emphasis is on the practical utility of temporal schemes, whether in literary narratives, legal definitions, funerary practices or religious beliefs. The book offers a rich diversity of approaches and materials drawn from archaeological, literary, historical and art-historical scholarship and spans the period from the early medieval to the early modern. It presents a multi-faceted view of medieval attitudes to time and suggests that then, as now, time was an altogether malleable and relative medium.
 

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Contents

Chapter
3
Living within Sight of the End
23
A Consideration of the Mortuary Practices
35
Plan of the barrow cemetery at Sutton Hoo
51
The sequence of objects placed in the chamber of the ship
61
Execution graves around mound 5 at Sutton Hoo
68
Lawyers Time in England in the Later Middle Ages
73
Time and Urban Culture in Late Medieval England
105
Chapter 5
106
Missing Days in Sir Cleges and Sir Gawain
119
Meditations on the Historical Present and Collective Memory
137
The Sense of Anachronism from Petrarch to Poussin
157
Index
175
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Ormrod is Professor of Medieval History and Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York.

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