Book Series Cursor Mundi, vol. 41

Visions of Medieval History in North America and Europe

Studies on Cultural Identity and Power

Courtney M. Booker, Hans Hummer, Dana Polanichka (eds)

  • Pages: 451 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:18 b/w, 4 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, French
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59628-0
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Explores the formation of local and universal cultural dynamics that powerfully shaped Europe from Late Antiquity to the late Middle Ages.


“(…) these high-quality essays are most satisfying not as component parts of a project on identity, but as loving and variegated tributes to a wonderful teacher and colleague, one of the great medievalists of our time.” (Shane Bobrycki, in The Medieval Review, 06/01/2024)


Courtney M. Booker is Associate Professor of History at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Hans Hummer is Professor of History at Wayne State University.

Dana M. Polanichka is Associate Professor of History at Wheaton College.


In this volume, scholars from North America and Europe explore the intersection of medieval identity with ethnicity, religion, power, law, inheritance, texts, and memory. They offer new historiographical interventions into questions of identity, but also of ethnonyms, conflict studies, the feudal revolution, gender and kinship studies, and local history. Employing interdisciplinary approaches and textual hermeneutics, the authors represent an international scholarly community characterized by intellectual restlessness, historiographical experimentation, and defiance of convention.


Introduction—Hans HUMMER, Courtney M. BOOKER, and Dana M. POLANICHKA

Ethnic Identities

Se dépouiller du vieil homme: Identités barbares dans l’empire romain tardif—Jean-Pierre POLY

Observing Peoples as Peoples: The Study of Ethnicity in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages—Helmut REIMITZ

The King of the Nemítzioi and his Neighbours to the East —Herwig WOLFRAM

Inheritance and Identity

Inheriting Identity and Constructing History in Medieval Ravenna—Edward M. SCHOOLMAN

Secundum Legem: Gender, Law, and Ethnicity in Early Medieval Southern Italian Documents—Sarah WHITTEN

Kinship and Inheritance in Early Medieval Europe—Hans HUMMER

Religious Identities

The Blackbird, the Basilisk, and the Evicted Corpse: Sacralizing Landscape in Jacopo da Varagine’s Genoese Relic Treatises—Carrie E. BENEŠ

Hagiography as Political Theology: A Mid-Fourteenth-Century Case from Bulgaria—Boris A. TODOROV

The Crumbs of the Crumbs: Dhuoda and the Mid-Ninth-Century Carolingian Church—Dana M. POLANICHKA

Legal and Political Identities

Pragmatic Sanctions? The Peace of God and its Carolingian Antecedents—Geoffrey KOZIOL

Violence in Early Capetian v. Early Valois France: Same Behaviour, Different Ideas of Order? —Warren BROWN

Anti-Corruption Measures in the Legislation of Thirteenth-Century Hungary—Cosmin POPA-GORJANU

Memories, Texts, and Identities

Invoking Gregory on the Caelian in Medieval Rome: A Study of an Inscription at SS. Giovanni e Paolo—Maya MASKARINEC

(Re)Visions of the World: Prester John in Twelfth-Century Bavaria—John ELDEVIK

An Alleged Oratio of Boniface to Pippin in 751—Courtney M. BOOKER


Index of Manuscripts

Index of Scriptural References

Index of Non-Biblical Sources

Index of Names and Places

General Index