Emotional Communities In The Early Middle Ages by Barbara H. RosenweinEmotional Communities In The Early Middle Ages by Barbara H. Rosenwein

Emotional Communities In The Early Middle Ages

byBarbara H. Rosenwein

Paperback | June 28, 2007

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Proposing that people lived (and live) in "emotional communities"—each having its own particular norms of emotional valuation and expression—Barbara H. Rosenwein here discusses some instances from the Early Middle Ages. Drawing on extensive microhistorical research, as well as cognitive and social constructionist theories of the emotions, Rosenwein shows that different emotional communities coexisted, that some were dominant at times, and that religious beliefs affected emotional styles even as those styles helped shape religious expression.

This highly original book is both a study of emotional discourse in the Early Middle Ages and a contribution to the debates among historians and social scientists about the nature of human emotions. Rosenwein explores the character of emotional communities as discovered in several case studies: the funerary inscriptions of three different Gallic cities; the writings of Pope Gregory the Great; the affective world of two friends, Gregory of Tours and Venantius Fortunatus; the Neustrian court of Clothar II and his heirs; and finally the tumultuous period of the late seventh century. In this essay, the author presents a new way to consider the history of emotions, inviting others to continue and advance the inquiry.

For medievalists, early modernists, and historians of the modern world, the book will be of interest for its persuasive critique of Norbert Elias's highly influential notion of the "civilizing process." Rosenwein's notion of emotional communities is one with which all historians and social scientists working on the emotions will need to contend.

Title:Emotional Communities In The Early Middle AgesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.2 inPublished:June 28, 2007Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801474167

ISBN - 13:9780801474163

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Ancient Legacy
2. Confronting Death
3. Passions and Power
4. The Poet and the Bishop
5. Courtly Discipline
6. Reveling in Rancor
Conclusion

Selected Bibliography
Index

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"Thoroughly discrediting the view of many scholars that medieval people, in contrast to modern ones, were 'emotionally childish, impulsive, and unrestrained,' Barbara H. Rosenwein ably develops and deploys the concept of 'emotional communities' to investigate several groups in early Medieval Europe whose members adhered to 'the same norms of emotional expression and valued—or devalued—the same or related emotions.'"—Stephen D. White, Candler Professor of Medieval History, Emory University