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Rituals of Power: From Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages (Frans Theuws Janet L Nelson, (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2000) 9789004109025
Rituals of Power: From Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages (Frans Theuws Janet L Nelson, (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2000) 9789004109025
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Title: Rituals of Power: From Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages

Author: Theuws, Frans Janet L Nelson, (eds)

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2000

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004109025

Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 506

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13 papers by 16 leading archaeologists and historians of late antiquity and the early middle ages break new ground in their discussion, analysis and criticism of present interpretations of early medieval rituals and their material correlates. Some deal with rituals relating to death, life cycles and the circulation in other contexts of objects otherwise used in the burial ritual. Others are concerned with the symbolism and ideology of royal power, the formation of a political ideology east of the Rhine from the mid-5th century onwards, and penance rituals in relation to Carolingian episcopal discourse on ecclesiastical power and morale. All deal with the creation of new identities, cultures, norms and values, and their expression in new rituals and ideas from the period of the Great Migrations through the Later Roman Empire down to the society of Beowulf and the later Carolingians.Table of ContentsIntroduction: Rituals in Transformating Societies--Frans TheuwsMigration Period Europe: the Formation of a Political Ideology--Lotte HedeagerTheoretical Strength and Practical Weakness of the Visigothic Monarchy of Toledo--Pablo Diaz and R. ValverdeKingship Rituals and Ideology in Lombard Italy--Stefano GasparriImperial Funerals and Burials in Late Antiquity: Continuity and Transformation of a Ritual--Javier ArceCarolingian Royal Funerals--Janet L. NelsonTransformations of Penance--Mayke de JongThe Dead and their Gifts: the Will of Eberhard, Count of Friuli, and his Wife Gisela, Daughter of Louis the Pious (863-4)--Christina La Rocca and Luigi ProveroFrankish giving of Arms and Rituals of Power: Continuity and Change in the Carolingian Period--Rgine Le JanBeyond Power: Ceremonial Exchanges in Beowulf--Jos BazelmansThe Circulation of Weapons in Anglo-Saxon Society--Heinrich HrkeA Kind of Mirror for Men: Sword Depositions in Late Antique Northern Gaul--Frans Theuws and Monica AlkemadeRituals of Power: by Way of Conclusion--Janet L. Nelson
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