Memory in the Middle Ages: Approaches from Southwestern Europe

With a focus on examples from southern Europe, this interdisciplinary collection explores how commonly held memories influenced the thought, identity, and status of individuals, religions, rulers, cities, and nations in the European Middle Ages.

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Flocel Sabaté

Memory was vital to the functioning of the medieval world. People in medieval societies shared an identity based on commonly held memories. Religions, rulers, and even cities and nations justified their existence and their status through stories that guaranteed their deep and unbroken historical roots. The studies in this interdisciplinary collection explore how manifestations of memory can be used by historians as a prism through which to illuminate European medieval thought and value systems. The contributors focus on examples from southern Europe as a means of enriching and complicating our study of the Middle Ages; this is a region with a large amount of documentation but which to date has not been widely studied.
This book has two companion volumes, dealing with ideology 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.

Contents

Foreword, by Flocel Sabaté
Introduction: Memory in the Middle Ages, by Flocel Sabaté
PART 1: MEMORY AND SCIENCE
1. Memory and the Body in Medieval Medicine, by Fernando Salmón
2. James I of Aragon, Vicent Ferrer, and Francesc Eiximenis: Natural Memory and Artificial Memory, by Xavier Renedo
PART 2: MEMORY OF THE PAST AS IDENTITY
3. History, Memory, and Ideas: About the Past in the Early Middle Ages, by Rosamond McKitterick
4. Charter Writing and Documentary Memory in the Origins of Catalan History, by Michel Zimmermann
5. The Memory of Saints in the Hispanic Translationes of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuriess, by Ariel Guiance
6. Establishing a Memory in Medieval Spain, by Adeline Rucquoi
7. The Legend of the Princess of Navarre: A Founding Myth in the Sardinian Conflict against the Kings of Aragon, by Luciano Gallinari
PART 3: MEMORY AND POWER
8. Memory of the State or Memory of the Kingdom? A Comparative Approach to the Construction of Memory in France and England, by Jean-Philippe Genet v

9. Coronation Ceremonies and the Sword as Symbol of Power: Aragon, 1200-1400, by Marta Serrano
10. Architecture and Legacy in Medieval Navarre, by Javier Martínez de Aguirre
11. Family Memory in Late Medieval Catalonia: The Example of the Marcs, Lords of Eramprunyà, by Mireia Comas-Via
PART 4: MEMORY AND COMMEMORATING THE DEAD
12. The Tomb as Tool for Keeping Memory Alive: The Case of Late-Medieval Zaragoza, by Ana del Campo Gutiérrez
13. Wills, Tombs, and Preparation for a Good Death in Late Medieval Portugal, by Marta Ramos Dias
14. Ceremonial Topography in the Consueta Antiga of the Cathedral of Majorca, by Antoni Pons Cortès
PART 5: REMEMBERING THE MIDDLE AGES
15. Catalan-Aragonese Sardinia: Memory and Identity from 1323 to the Present, by Esther Martí
16. Nineteenth-Century French Historiography and the Memory of the Middle Ages, by Luis Rojas Donat
17. Spolia and Memory: Notes for a Preliminary Study of Venice in the Nineteenth Century, by Myriam Pilutti Namer
18. Neo-Medievalism and the Anchoring of New Spatial Identities: Linking New Regional and Urban Identities with Medieval Memories, by Kees Terlouw
19. The Hegemony of the Cult of Anniversaries and its Disadvantages for Historians, by William M. Johnston