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Title: Medieval Transformations: Texts, Power, and Gifts in Context
Author: Cohen, Esther Mayke B de Jong, (eds)
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2001
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004117280
Volumes: 1; Pages: viii, 286
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This volume deals with shifts and changes that took place during the Middle Ages when things, or ideas, or writings, were transferred from time to time, place to place, or one ideological realm to another. The same objects, ideas, or texts changed their meaning, impact, or symbolic value according to different contexts. The twelve papers, written by leading experts, investigate the authority attributed to texts and their canonization in different contexts; the shifting uses and meanings of gifts, from honorable instruments in the settlement of disputes to corruption and bribery; and the transition of violence and power from relationships between equals to a tool for the maintenance of hierarchies.