By Kiril Petkov
This ebook unearths the social common sense of the medieval rituals of reconciliation as showcased by way of the main powerful ceremony, the kiss of peace. Ritual is gifted as a contested floor on which people, teams, and political and ethical gurus competed for and appropriated political sovereignty. The thesis of the examine is that by way of utilising ritual and physically mnemonics as strategic instruments, the forces of order and respectable morality strove to arrange character buildings round a hegemonic worth method. learning 3 analytical fields—the criminal bonds of peace, the emotional economic climate of formality, and the development of identity—the e-book highlights the contents and evolution of formality reconciliation in various cultural contexts within the interval among the 11th and the 16th centuries.
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The kiss supplanted older customary forms, especially the diﬀerent kinds of hand gesture, and acquired a ﬁxed place at the concluding part of the ﬁrmantia procedure. Its stable position in the transaction and its role as a concluding form suggest that the kiss gained in importance or came to embody a speciﬁc dimension of the contract whose implications were expanding and whose legal signiﬁcance was subjected to increasingly sophisticated interpretation. Was the new formal expression of ﬁrmantia a reﬂection of an attempt at a redeﬁnition of the interpretative discourse within which the legal instrument operated?
A Cultural History of Gesture: From Antiquity to the Present Day, with an introduction by Sir Keith Thomas (Cambridge, 1991), 210–36. 52 Schreiner, ‘Er küsse mich mit dem Kuß seines Mundes;’ and idem, ‘Gerechtigkeit und Frieden haben sich geküßt (Ps 84:11). , Träger und Instrumentarien des Friedens im hohen und späten Mittelalter (Sigmaringen, 1996), 37–85. 53 Carré, Le baiser sur la bouche au Moyen Age. PETKOV/f2/1-29 4/8/03 2:25 PM Page 25 25 based on better regional and quantitative studies.
See Elizabeth M. C. van Houts, ed. , ‘The Gesta Normanorum Ducum’ of William of Jumièges, Orderic Vitalis, and Robert of Torigni. Vol. 1: Introduction and Books I–IV (Oxford, 1992), 90–3, Book iii, 11–12. Compare also Dudo of St. Quentin, History of the Normans, translated with introduction and notes by Eric Christiansen (Rochester, 1998), 81–5. PETKOV/f4/37-79 40 4/8/03 2:26 PM Page 40 The sources thus support the conclusion of continuous and widespread application of the instrument within deﬁnable legal parameters.
The Kiss of Peace: Ritual, Self, and Society in the High and Late Medieval West (Cultures, Beliefs and Traditions Medieval and Early Modern Peoples) by Kiril Petkov