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Author Verdon, Jean.

Title Night in the Middle Ages / Jean Verdon ; translated by George Holoch.

Published Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  304.230902 VERD    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Nuit au Moyen Age. English
Physical description ix, 235 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-229) and index.
Contents Pt. 1. Satan Or Horrific Night: The Medieval Nocturnal Landscape. 1. Violence. 2. Fantasies -- Pt. 2. Man Or Night Tamed. 3. Techniques. 4. Activities. 5. Rest -- Pt. 3. God Or Sublime Night. 6. Visions. 7. Prayers.
Summary "The contemporary world is uncomfortable with night, more precisely with night it has not domesticated with electricity. What was it like in the Middle Ages when darkness was nearly unbroken from the setting to the rising of the sun?" In Night in the Middle Ages renowned medievalist Jean Verdon offers an answer to this intriguing question. His book--filled with fascinating stories that capture events of the medieval night, from the ordinary to the fantastic--includes a cast of characters ranging from Duke Louis of Orléans and Chrétien de Troyes to students, bailiffs, monks, and workers. Part 1 of the book describes dark activities that are masked by the cloak of night. Murders, robberies, rape, betrayal, and licentious behavior all figure prominently in this set of stories. Fantasy forces of evil such as witches, werewolves, and even Satan himself, are also discussed. In the second section, Verdon depicts how medieval society attempted to "tame" the night through architecture, improved lighting methods, armed night patrols, watchmen, and curfews. He also describes sleeping arrangements (such as beds and bedrooms) and sleeping patterns in the Middle Ages, including dreams, nightmares, and sleepwalking. Finally, Verdon turns his attention to "sublime night" when people were visited by visions and "divine light." He suggests that the medieval world was better equipped by religion than the modern world to deal with the darkness of the night.Appearing for the first time in an English translation, Night in the Middle Ages is a lively and entertaining cultural history.
Language notes Translated from the French.
Subject Night -- Social aspects.
Night -- History.
Sleeping customs -- History.
Compline -- History.
Civilization, Medieval.
ISBN 0268036551 (cloth : alk. paper)
026803656X (paperback: alk. paper)
026803656X (paperback) £22.50
0268036551 (cased) No price