martedì 2 gennaio 2018

Late Medieval Papal Legation

Late Medieval Papal Legation
by Antonin Kalous
pp. 285, € 35,00 (Buy online with the 15% discount)
Viella, 2017
ISBN: 9788867289424

Late Medieval Papal Legation is a result of long term study of papal legates in the late medieval period. Even though this crucial institution of the reform papacy of the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries kept its standards as designed in the classical canon law, it was transformed according to the current needs of the papacy in later periods. A substantial change came after the conciliar crisis and before the radical transformation of the first half of the sixteenth century. In the second half of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, papal legates de latere, as cardinals, travelled all around Europe in support of the recovered papal authority after the conciliar period and before the outbreak of the German Reformation.
This volume attempts to systematise the changes of this specific period in the development of the papacy. It is based on extensive research in the Vatican Archives and Library, other Italian and especially Central European archives and libraries, and published sources of the period. The volume focuses on the terminology and theory of papal legation, on the sources and expression of legatine authority and on the system in relation to practical matters (ceremonial, travelling, finance), and political, diplomatic and ecclesiastical tasks and topics. The study of the legatine office is exceptionally complex and ranges from high diplomacy and spiritual benefits brought for distinct provinces, to the personal interests and involvement of individual cardinals. This book tries to open discussion on research that has only just started and needs to be developed as an integral part of our understanding of medieval papal and European history.
Antonín Kalous is an associate professor of Medieval and Renaissance history at Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. His research focuses mostly on ecclesiastical, cultural and political history of late-medieval Central Europe and on papacy of the same period. With Viella, he published The Transformation of Confessional Cultures in a Central European City: Olomouc, 1400-1750 (ed. by, 2015).

mercoledì 22 novembre 2017

Le Grand Armorial équestre de la Toison d’or

Le Grand Armorial équestre de la Toison d’or
Michel Pastoureau et Jean-Charles de Castelbajac 
256 pages, 180 illustrations, € 49,00
BnF, Éditions de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-7177-2762-3

Cet ouvrage est la réédition à l’identique d’un manuscrit médiéval représentant les membres de l’ordre de chevalerie de la Toison d’or, peint à la gouache sur papier au milieu de XVe siècle et précieusement conservé à la Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal au titre de trésor national depuis le XVIIIe siècle.
L’expressivité des figures équestres, la fougue des cavaliers, l’audace des cimiers, la somptuosité des couleurs, la beauté flamboyante de l’ensemble… tout invitait à ouvrir la réflexion à un univers artistique. Aussi ce fac-similé est-il enrichi du double regard que portent sur cette pièce exceptionnelle Michel Pastoureau, historien de l’art, spécialiste, entre autres, des emblèmes et auteur de nombreux ouvrages sur la couleur, et Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, prestigieux créateur de mode de notre époque, passionné par l’art héraldique.

mercoledì 7 giugno 2017

The Normans in the South

The Normans in the South
Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages
Friday 30 JuneSunday 2 July 2017
St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
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