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Secrets and Discovery in the Middle Ages
Proceedings of the 5th European Congress of the Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Études Médiévales (Porto, 25th to 29th June 2013)

J. Meirinhos, C. López, J. Rebalde (eds.)
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XV+489 p., 10 b/w ill., 10 b/w tables, 165 x 240 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57745-6
Languages: English, French
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Fascination with secrets traverses the Middle Ages. A secret is shared by few and coveted by many, requiring a lot of those who have to keep it, or those who want to disclose it. A secret is power, hence the eagerness to discover it. But as curiosity can lead to the abyss and punishment, discovering secrets also requires prudence and caution.

The relationship between secret and discovery expresses itself in the Middle Ages, as in all times, through many other dynamic dualities: mystery and revelation, arcane and evidence, unknown and sought, ignorance and knowledge, esoteric and exoteric, private message and edict, hidden and manifest, conspiracy and complaint. The secret is in the nature, which does everything to hide itself, while he reveals itself in many ways, but only to those who know how to interpret it. So in the Middle Ages there are sciences for all secrets: of God, of elements and things, of the stars, of physiognomy, of women, of happiness, of the delights of paradise, of relics, of holiness, of the inner life, of sin, of power, of distant peoples and lost places, and of countless other things. The secret is itself a big secret. The secret is everywhere, in the narratives of search and discovery, in public or private action, in sciences, in books or encyclopedias. One of the most popular medieval texts, the Secretum secretorum, which collects the secrets of health, politics, nature, astrology, magic, alchemy, becomes a model for the many of the literary works composed to uncover secrets, that thus, paradoxically, cease to be. The secret holds dangerous and valuable knowledge ranging from counterfeiting, to the illusions of the imagination, or the triumph of reason and wisdom. The secret and its avatars were a silent yet strong driving force in almost all aspects of the Middle Ages.

This volume includes the Proceedings of the 5th FIDEM's Congress (Porto,  25th -29th June 2013) “Secrets and Discovery in the Middle Ages”, discussing their presence and importance in the imagination, culture, thinking, sciences, politics, religion, and life, from the beginning of the 6th to the end of the 15th century.

 

José Meirinhos edited several volumes in the collection TEMA.
Table of Contents

José Meirinhos, Preface

Scientific Reading Committee of the Proceedings and Congress Committees

PLENARY LECTURES

Catarina Belo, Theories of Prophecy and the Faculties of the Soul in Medieval Islamic Philosophy

Peter Biller, Heretics Doing Things Secretly

Pascale Bourgain, Non sine mysterio. Percevoir et exprimer le secret des desseins de Dieu

Enrique Montero Cartelle , María de la Concepción Vázquez de Benito, El descubrimiento de una falsedad: el De stomacho de Constantino el Africano y su fuente árabe

SECTION PAPERS

Nature and Knowledge

Constantin Teleanu, La découverte démonstrative des secrets au moyen de l’Ars inventiva de Raymond Lulle

Isabel Mata, Conocimiento y vida en una lápida hispanohebrea medieval

Prophecy and Eschatology

António Rei, Profetismo moçárabe e/ou ideologia prospetiva neo-goda (sécs. VIII-XI)

Oscar Prieto Domínguez, Profecías de Muerte en la Grecia Medieval: elementos para la identificación de una escuela hagiográfica

Helena Avelar de Carvalho, Prophecy and Divination in the Portuguese Royal Court

Relics and Secrecy

Susana Gala Pellicer, Secretos a voces: teatralidad y escenografía de las reliquias en el Decamerón y los Cuentos de Canterbury

María Isabel Cabrera Ramos, La Sagrada Lanza: un dilema milenario entre la fe y la historia

José Soto Chica, El emperador Heraclio, el verdadero Monte Ararat y las reliquias de Noé

Secrets of the Religious Life

Alfonso García Leal, Las visiones de Suero: la leyenda fundacional del monasterio de Corias

Maria Amélia Álvaro de Campos, Um segredo mal guardado? O papel das sargentes na vida dos beneficiados de Santa Justa de Coimbra (séculos XIV e XV)

Ciro Romano, Nel segreto del chiostro: spunti di vita quotidiana in un monastero femminile nella Napoli tardo medievale

Government and Diplomacy

Luigi Andrea Berto, Segreti a Venezia nell’Alto Medioevo. La visita di Ottone III e il «codice segreto» della «Istoria Veneticorum» di Giovanni Diacono

Abel Estef ânio, From Secrecy to Oblivion and from Discovery to Loss: What is Left of the Renowned «Pacto Sucessóio»?

Arnaud Fossier, What Exactly is the forum confessionis? Secrecy and Scandal in Church Governance (12th-14th centuries)

James Plumtree, Sex, Lies, and Visitations: Secrets and Discovery in the Registers of John Waltham and John Chandler

Woman’s Secrets

Sara Segovia Esteban, Verentur enim narrare mulieres: Female Disease as a Cause of Embarrassment

Dulce María Gonzále z Doreste, Francisca del Mar Plaza Picón, «Mulierem ornat silentium». El secreto y la instrucció de las mujeres en algunos tratados medievales

Medieval Arts

Maria Leonor Botelho, Dominus Exercituum. Apotropaic Guardians at the Thresholds of Portuguese Churches of the Romanesque Period

Marta Miriam Ramos Dias, A Morte e o Além – a incerteza do destino da alma na arte funerária medieval

Unknown Worlds and Travel Literature

Maila García-Amorós, La leyenda artúrica, Bizancio y el comercio alejandrino: una relación desconocida

Thomas Horst, The Secrets of Terrestrial Paradise on Medieval Iconography

Carlos Martínez Carrasco, Axūm, el Reino del Preste Juan: entre el Cristianismo y el Islam

Literary Secrets

Eduarda Rabaçal, O segredo e a queda do mundo arturiano

Sofía Balibrea González, Le silence de Grisélidis dans Le Mesnagier de Paris

Carla Sofia dos Santos Correia, Segredo e descoberta na poesia galego-portuguesa e no Amadis de Gaula

Philology and Texts’ Transmission

Mercè Puig Rodríguez-Escalona, M.ª Antonia Fornés Pallicer, El proceso legal contra la falsificación de documentos en la Cataluña altomedieval: el obispado de Elna contra Ermel·la (año 1000)

Pere J. Quetglas, Ana Gómez Rabal, Vicios ocultos y virtudes públicas. Lo que se esconde detrás de la documentación latina medieval catalana

Marta Cruz Trujillo, Fuentes ocultas en el manuscrito 981 de la Abadía de Montserrat

Antonio Espigares Pinilla, Un florilegio bíblico junto a las Auctoritates Aristotelis en el manuscrito BNE 3057

Discovering the Classics

Cristina Martín Puente, José Ignacio Andújar Cantón, El (re)descubrimiento de la figura de Ovidio en la Edad Media

Pilar Saquero Suárez-Somonte, Ovidio en el Medievo hispánico: un nuevo ycompleto manuscrito del Bursario y de una de las cartas originales (Madreselva a Mauseol) de Juan Rodríguez del Padrón

Susanna All és Torrent, Humanistas y descubrimientos de códices clásicos: la dimensión épica

Index

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)

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