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Author Keunzel, R. E. (Rudi E.), author.

Title The plow, the pen and the sword : images and self-images of medieval people in the Low Countries / Rudi Keunzel ; translated by Claire Weeda.

Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xiii, 226 pages)
Series Routledge research in medieval studies ; 12
Contents Part 1. Group cultures -- The clergy : self-image and ideology -- Image and self-image of the aristocracy -- Church views on peasants : cultural exchange between the Church and the peasantry -- Images of trade, merchants, trade settlements and cities -- Part 2. Exemplary studies -- Oral and written traditions in the Versus de Unibove -- Rituals of humiliation and triumph : Stavelot, 1065-1071 -- Early manifestations of urban mentalities : Sint-Truiden, Trier and Cambrai, ca. 1050-1150 -- A tournament of the dead : religious diversity in an exemplum by Caesarius of Heisterbach -- Conclusion -- Appendix 1 -- Appendix 2.
Summary "This book compares the cultures of the different social groups living in the Low Countries in the early Middle Ages. Clergy, nobility, peasants and townsmen greatly varied in their attitudes to labor, property, violence, and the handling and showing of emotions. Keunzel explores how these social groups looked at themselves as a group, and how they looked at the other groups. Image and self-image could differ radically. The results of this research are specified and tested in four case studies on the interaction between group cultures, focusing respectively on the influence of oral and written traditions on a literary work, rituals as a means of conflict management in weakly centralized societies, stories as an expression of an urban group mentality, and beliefs on death and the afterlife"--Provided by publisher.
Other author Weeda, Claire, translator.
Subject Social groups -- Benelux countries -- History -- To 1500.
Self-perception -- Social aspects -- Benelux countries -- History -- To 1500.
Group identity -- Benelux countries -- History -- To 1500.
Communication -- Social aspects -- Benelux countries -- History -- To 1500.
Ritual -- Social aspects -- Benelux countries -- History -- To 1500.
Sociology, Urban -- Benelux countries -- History -- To 1500.
Death -- Benelux countries -- Religious aspects -- History -- To 1500.
Benelux countries -- Religious life and customs.
Benelux countries -- Social conditions -- Case studies.
Benelux countries -- Social conditions.
ISBN 9781315600895 (e-book : PDF)
9781317079644 (e-book: Mobi)
9781472442109 (hardback)
Standard Number 10.4324/9781315600895