Language and Power in the Early Middle Ages
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Brandeis University Press
It is a great pleasure and a considerable honor to welcome Professor Patrick J. Geary to Jerusalem on behalf of the Historical Society of Israel. To introduce Professor Geary in a short note is simply...
Language, for at least the past two centuries, has come to be seen as a fundamental marker of identity. Linguistic communities are taken as synonymous with ethnic and national communities, particularly in competing identity...
1. Inventing the Linguistic Monuments of Europe
No one, whether professional historian or member of the interested public, comes to the Middle Ages without preconceptions, assumptions, and expectations about this long period of European history. These preconceptions...
2. Religion and Language
The previous chapter examined the rediscovery in the nineteenth century of the vernacular heritage of the Middle Ages. My purpose was to suggest that vernacular texts of the Middle Ages, in spite of the interest in them by philologists and...
3. Vernacular Language and Secular Power in Emerging Europe
The last chapter traced the failure of Western vernaculars to become vehicles for Christian worship between the end of antiquity and the eleventh century. In this chapter we will examine the gradual appearance...