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J. Szövérffy
Secular Latin Lyrics and Minor Poetic Forms of the Middle Ages from the Tenth to the Fifteenth Century. Volume II

490 p., 150 x 230 mm, 1994
Ref.: 07200260210
Languages: German
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This volume covers a very significant period of medieval Latin poetry. It deals with poetic products of a generation participating in the work of vast consolidation of contemporary life and culture. Still "consolidation" was not identical with peace and on the turn of the eleventh to the twelfth century and also in the first half of the twelfth, there were plenty of conflicts. Nevertheless this was a time of intellectual and political consolidation in various regions of the European continent. Poetry shifted away from traditional concentration on subjects chiefly associated with royal courts and rulers and again it found home in regional cultural centers such as the episcopal seats. The influence of cathedral schools still remained an enduring factor and some monastic establishments also persisted in actively promoting within their walls the composing of Latin poetry. The improvements in education, schooling and literary training led to a meticulous acquisition of knowledge of Roman literature and poetry, manifested in remarkably improved application of "correct"Latin, of new and complex poetic techniques and of manifold innovative forms of versification in which Abelard may have played a preeminent role. Since ther exists no poetic anthology entirely concentrating on this period, the accent in this volume is laid on the presentation of lengthy texts and bibliography. We shall also supply data for thousands of medieval Latin poems of the times.
Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin language
Medieval Latin language
Latin literature
Medieval Latin literature

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