Telling tales : sources and narration in late medieval England /
Joel T. Rosenthal.
University Park, Penn. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2003.
xxv, 217 p. ; 25 cm.
027102304X (cloth : alk. paper)
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University Park, Penn. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2003.
027102304X (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-212) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Joel T. Rosenthal is Distinguished Professor of History at SUNY, Stony Brook.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-06-01:
Rosenthal's goal in examining Proof of Age proceedings, depositions in the Scrope/Grosvenor controversy (1386), and Margaret Paston's letters is to "illuminate the social context whence these snippets of memory and communication emanated." He also analyzes types of memory and the means by which testators and letter writers gained information. Modes of cognition in Proof of Age depositions and the Scrope testimony are similar: personal knowledge, hearsay, and common fame. Much the same applies to Margaret's letters. Many Proof of Age witnesses either saw or participated in communal events (e.g., baptism) that helped establish an heir or heiress's age. If this suggests a bond between the manor house and prominent villagers, the Scrope depositions illustrate a strong unity existing among the Scrope men at arms against an adversary. This "us versus them" sentiment is forcefully present in Margaret's letters, from which we also learn of her duties as mistress of her household and of the responsibilities forced on her by her husband's frequent absences. In addition, Rosenthal (SUNY Stony Brook) offers an interesting section on the mechanics of composing Margaret's letters and the means of delivering them. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students and specialists. C. L. Hamilton formerly, Simon Fraser University
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Joel Rosenthal explores some familiar sources from 14th and 15th century England, to show how memories and recollections can be used to build a compelling portait of daily life in the late Middle Ages. questions of testimony, memory and narrative are explored.
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Shows how medievalists can turn scraps of memories and recollections to build a compelling portrait of daily life in the Middle Ages.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Telling Tales in a Social Contextp. xiii
Proofs of Age: A Rich Fabric of Thin Threadsp. 1
The World of Jurors and Testimonyp. 1
The Mechanics of Recollectionp. 9
Jurors' Life Cycles and Life-Cycle Memoriesp. 15
Ecclesiastical Memoriesp. 25
Memories of the Secular Worldp. 38
Communities Large and Smallp. 52
The Construction of Memory in the Proofsp. 57
Sir Richard Scrope and the Scrope and Grosvenor Depositionsp. 63
Recollection Re-creates Fellowshipp. 63
Cognition and Recollectionp. 66
Tales of the Scropes: Battles and Bannersp. 79
Margaret Paston: The Lady and the Lettersp. 95
Letters as Artifactsp. 95
Constructing the Letters: How to Tell It Like It Isp. 114
First Stuck at Home and Then Mostly Alonep. 133
Conclusion: Some Final Reflectionsp. 149
Notesp. 155
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 213
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