Ideology in the Middle Ages: Approaches from Southwestern Europe

This highly interdisciplinary volume, with a focus on southern European case studies, sets out to illuminate medieval thought, and to consider how the underlying values of the Middle Ages exerted significant influence in medieval society in the West.


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Part of a trilogy involving research on identity and memory also, this substantial volume sets out to illuminate medieval thought through an in-depth and highly interdisciplinary study of ideology, interrogating the underlying values that inform the interpretive framework through which we might better understand men and women of the Middle Ages.
An introductory chapter situates the Christian Church in the West as a framing ideology of the Middle Ages, analysing Christianity as a coherent narrative providing people with security through its integrated explanation of physical surroundings, social order, and spiritual hope. The book then goes on to consider ideology from four angles: as a means of defining power; as a way of managing power; ideology in the mind as an influence on daily living and how we understand societies; and finally, the ways in which ideology associated with the Middle Ages has exerted influence centuries later, conditioning understandings of past and present.
The individual chapters focus on concrete cases, giving preference to exemplars from southern Europe, a region with a large amount of documentation but which to date has occupied a relatively minor position in research into the Middle Ages. It is this emphasis that is acknowledged in the title of this book, Ideology in the Middle Ages: Approaches from Southwestern Europe, which is offered as a means of enriching and complicating study of the Middle Ages.
This book has two companion volumes, dealing with the allied concepts of memory and identity as part of a larger project that seeks to map and interrogate the significance of all three concepts in the Middle Ages in the West.


1. Ideology in the Middle Ages, FLOCEL SABATÉ
2. Ideology and social order, PAUL FREEDMAN
3. Auctoritas, Potestas: concepts of the power in the medieval Spain, ADELINE RUCQUOI
4. Kingship in Isidore of Seville’s historical work: a political interpretation of the two versions, SAMUELE SACCHI
5. The quest for an ideology in Carolingian times: ecclesiological patterns in the Latin West from the 8th to the early 10th centuries, ALFONSO M. HERNÁNDEZ RODRÍGUEZ
6. The relationship between mentality and ideology: acculturation and Christianization during the Early Middle Ages in Galicia (6th to 11th centuries), JUAN COIRA POCIÑA
7. Regnum Gothorum and regnum Hispaniae in the Spanish Christian chronicles of the Middle Ages: continuation, end, or translation in the account of the Arab conquest, IVÁN PÉREZ MARINAS
8. The duel in the Middle Ages, a religious juridical mentality in the medieval West, LUIS ROJAS DONAT
9. The cruces gemmatae of Oviedo and the use in new liturgical and propagandistic context between the 11th and 12th centuries, RAQUEL ALONSO
10. Chivalric Ideology in the Chanson d’Aspremont (end of the twelfth century), DOMINIQUE BARTHÉLEMY
11. Political theory in Ramon Llull’s Arbor Scientiae, CHIARA MELATINI
12. Adoration of the Magi and authority of the Medieval King: an ambiguous correlation, DOINA ELENA CRACIUN
13. Ideology and civic ideal in French and German cities in the Late Middle Ages Age, GISELE NAEGLE
14. Markets in the Christian City. Economy and Religion in Italy in the Late Middle Ages, GIACOMO TODESCHINI
15. The Foundation of the Franciscan Friary of ‘Sant Esperit’ (Valencia): Observance of the Rule, Economy and Royal Power in the 15th century Crown of Aragon, CHIARA MANCINELLI
16. The Other Natures of Man: Metamorphosis of the Green Man and the Wild Man in Portuguese medieval art, JOANA FILIPA FONSECA ANTUNES
17. The Good Captain and the Daring warriors: Military noble models in Zurara’s Northern African chronicles, ANDRÉ LUIZ BERTOLI

18. Between political ideology and legal identity: the reforms of juridical deliberation in Aragon (15th-16th centuries), MARTINE CHARAGEAT

19. È da diventare Turchi noialtri: Lorenzo the Magnificent: between a pseudo-dynastical policy and the ottoman model, SOPHIE SALVIATI.

20. The Middle Ages: suport for a counter-revolutionary and reactionary ideology: 1830-1944, CHRISTIAN AMALVI
21. The Middle Ages as a key argument among Spanish intelelctuals at the first half of the 20th century, ANTONIO DE MURCIA