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    Keeping it in the family: women and aristocratic memory, 700-1200

    Innes, Matthew (2001) Keeping it in the family: women and aristocratic memory, 700-1200. In: van Houts, E. (ed.) Medieval Memories: Men, Women and the Past, 700-1300. Women and men in history. London, UK: Longman, pp. 17-35. ISBN 9780582369023.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: A look at the stories, memories and chronicles which provide the history of the medieval past Who was responsible for the preservation of medieval knowledge? How did people preserve their recollections and pass them along? Focuses on the historical value of oral and written traditions. Medieval Memories is concerned with the memories of medieval people. In the Middle Ages, as now, men and women collected stories about the past and handed them down to posterity. Who, exactly, was responsible for the preservation of knowledge about the past? How did people preserve their recollections and pass them on to the next generation? Did they write them down or did they hand then on orally? Many memories center in the aristocratic family or lineage while others are focussed on institutions such as monasteries or nunneries. The family and monastic contexts clearly illustrate that remembrance of the past was a task for men and women and that each sex had a specific gendered role. Memory also involves selection of what should and should not be remembered and its corollary, amnesia, therefore, requires scrutiny. Anchored in the present, memory casts a shadow on the future and thus prophecies form an important component of the cult of remembrance. For the first time in Medieval Memories, tombstones, medieval encyclopedias and legal testimonies figure alongside moral guidebooks, miracle stories and chronicles as material for the gendered perceptions of the medieval past.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 16:39
    Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 16:39
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18227

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