The Archpoet and Medieval Culture

Hardcover | November 7, 2014

byPeter Godman

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This is the first monograph to be published about one of the most famous and least understood authors of the Latin Middle Ages. We know him by the pseudonym of Archpoet. Setting the Archpoet's world and works in their historical contexts, Peter Godman argues that they provide insight into abrilliant counter-culture of medieval Germany. Its subtlest exponent did not indulge in literary play but refashioned the political, social, and religious roles available to a twelfth-century thinker in order to create, for himself and his patron, an identity alternative to the norms of clericalconformity prevalent elsewhere in Europe. At a time when Germans were being decried as backward barbarians, he produced a manifesto of intellectual heterodoxy which wittily challenged the truth-claims made by humourless moralists. The Archpoet and Medieval Culture reconsiders the categories in whichthe literature of the Middle Ages is interpreted and suggests a less literal mode of reading the sources to historians.

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This is the first monograph to be published about one of the most famous and least understood authors of the Latin Middle Ages. We know him by the pseudonym of Archpoet. Setting the Archpoet's world and works in their historical contexts, Peter Godman argues that they provide insight into abrilliant counter-culture of medieval Germany....

Peter Godman is a cultural historian of the Middle Ages and Renaissance with interests in the Latin tradition.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198719221

ISBN - 13:9780198719229

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Table of Contents

1. Prelude in the Pub2. The Ruin of the World3. Culture and Conflict in the Chancery4. Transmontane Identity5. 'A Depraved Man Sowing Tares'6. The Anti-Actor7. The Reluctant Encomiast8. The Penitent at Pavia9. The Preacher of Sin10. The Roving Prophet11. The Culture of the Barbarians