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Ws of the great twentieth century medievalists and their work Every single chapter in this book was endlessly If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas fascinating For me a major highlight was the chapter on the Oxfordantasists notably CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien I had never before read a serious assessment of the Inklings rom an academic historian s perspective even though they were by and large academic historians themselves Cantor is ar rom dismissive of them which in 1990 when this book was published cannot have been a very respectable perspective But I m *Tempted To Go Through This *to go through this chapter by chapter There are lightbulbs on every page and the whole thing is wound up with a wonderful appendix containing a list of major historical works on the middle ages There are ascinating details on the influence of Woodrow Wilsonian statism in the study of the Norman duchy or the pre Vatican II Roman church s extremely difficult relationship with its best and brightest medieval scholars and much Cantor is unabashedly interested in how the great medievalists lives and worldviews informed their perspective on the history which works well when he confines himself to their overt beliefs and becomes nonsensical when he attempts psychoanalysis and alleges various sexual repressions There are a number of other places I d disagree with Cantor s conclusions eg I agree with him that medieval society was a persecuting society but that was not because of a lack of separation of church and state but rather because of a top down hierarchical conception of both institutions as well as the amilyOverall however this could be the most helpful and enlightening single book I have read on the Middle Ages a high level overview that opens up many avenues of exploration Don t miss this book Norman Cantor 1991 takes the various approaches to medieval historiography and uses them to illustrate scholarship in general and rom there draws a number of interesting conclusions about modern politics religion and social life Cantor 410 414 Cantor got in trouble White Water for writing this work While 80% of this work is brilliant scholarship the other 20% make the tabloids look like peer reviewed journals The subtitle of the book should read Professor Guilty of Sex Scandal Cantor Tells All Then again that is also why the book is so highly entertaining After reading this book one may legitimately talk trash about various historians Just kiddingsort ofThe study of the middle ages in the twentieth century was a microcosm of the larger battleor Western c An examination of prominent historians since 1905 The author makes the point that the work done
Before This Date Hasthis date has little impact and no validity as history according to the modern definition of the termThe introduction is a well done overview of the medieval time period what we know about it and how we know it In the The Slave Dancer following chapters he breaks up the various schools of thought by their best hist and gives us a little biographyWhile I think this is a book meantor those interested in the theory of history and not meant to be a popular work I think the author does a creditable job of making the topics covered mostly approachable There were very Special Agent few concepts that Iound too technical While dry in places overall it was a good read that shed some light on the authors of books in my collectio. The humanities and historiography to be enjoyed by student and general public alike It takes an immense body of learning and transmits it so that readers come away Sleep with the Fishes fully informed of the essentials of the subject perceiving the interconnection of medieval civilization with the culture of the twentieth century and having had a good time while doing it This is a riveting entertaining humorous and learned read compulsoryor anyone concerned about the past and uture of Western civilizatio. Interpret his work and this
tells us those things and since that s kind of a no brainer of courseus those things and since that s kind of a no brainer of course life experiences colour how they view the world and this is probably true of everyone even Cantor I m not sure the contempt is well served Facts are acts even when served on a nuetral plate at least without the side of concieted kechup There are some revalations in here or me Perhaps not so much revalations as moments where what I should have known or suspected all along was revealed as a truth Some of this is just Cantor telling
that these things happened offering little proof which he accuses others whom he writes about as doing to the Middle Ages That doesn t mean that they aren t accurate though it may be playing on something that has earned almost religoius belief status *Without Ever Being Proved And Therefor May Not Be True *ever being proved and therefor may not be true that the many pre WWII scholars particulalry the French were Marxist or socialist and that is why they tended to play up the role of the peasant and vilify the role of the Church and the Aristocracy in the middle ages I also ound it particulaly interesting how much credit Cantor gives to the almost culturally conceded belief that Midevial Historian books written about Otto and Fredrich some how set the stage enabling Hitler to take control of Germany That did put int context what Cantor wrote about how that affected any opinion given credence or using the schools of thought that lead to that and how that affected anyone even mentioning iconology in conjunction with artistic expression in the Middle Ages We can t talk about a messianic A World on Fire figure any or everyone willreak out and adopt the next hitler According to Cantor McCarthy was right There were Scholarly Socialists under every Acedemic rock and lurking in the shadows poisoning our young and impressionable adults with the glorifacation of the middle class and peasants I m reasonably sure Cantor s candor is accurate about how Mideval Historians saw themselves and their role in the world including Candors and eually certain that the influence of Acedemics in real world has not been nearly as profound as he believes they are All things need a Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life frame to judge their purportions correctly and how much influence on the world they really have Hitler would have taken power without Freidrich II having a book written about him and the socialism and marxism that candor spoke about is along the lines of Arthur Blair s Democratic Socialists and very differentrom Stalinist Soviets And again it is likely these are accurate assessments in content if not in importance to the bigger picture of the world but this makes a dash of salt seem like a spoonful of sugar and he ain t exactly Marry Poppins ull of sunshine in the way he explains things So I rate it as 3 stars because I think the author gets caught up in his own importance and the importance of those he w writing about than is good or us I also think it s an important book because it says what we al have suspectef 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate for years At somepoint somebody does need ot say it so try not to shoot the messenger Darn I pulled a Cantor and told you to not do that which I have already done This is a phenomenal book a kind of parallel history of the Middle Ages and the twentieth century combined with biographical sketches and book revie. S and works of twenty of the great medievalists of this century demonstrating how the events of their lives and their spiritual and emotional outlooks influenced their interpretations of the Middle Ages Cantor makes their scholarship an intensely personal and passionate exerciseull of color and controversy displaying the strong personalities and creative minds that brought new insights about the pastA revolution in academic method this book is a breakthrough to a new way of teaching. The Middle Ages as we perceive them theUs That These Things Happened
of an interactive process in which accumulated learning resources and structures of the academic profession the speculative comparing of medieval and modern worlds and intellectualization through appropriation of modern theory of society personality language and art have been molded together in the lives work and ideas of medievalists and the school and traditions they The Oxford New Greek Dictionary foundedWhew Thank goodness we don tind too many sentences like that one in Norman Cantor s 1991 Inventing the Middle Ages Usually Cantor has a bit The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece fluid styleBut the sentence does explain upon reflection what the title of the book means Cantor believes that in historiography the historian try Ah HAH Now I understand why this is important to lover s ofantasy Cantor s discussion of CS Jack Lewis and JRRTolkien Ronaldcould that be as in Weasly I dare say Cantor probably would not appriciate or invite as close an inspection of his personal life as he gives CS Lewis accurate or not I don t disagree with a thing he said but he has difficulty loosing the snobbish tone he picks others apart with and I wonder if his inclusion of these two is or noteriety so he can sell his book than a serious argument about the encroachment of Conservative Christian values intoCREATION OF AN INTERACTIVE PROCESS WHICH ACCUMULATED LEARNING
United States Culture ThroughStates Culture through Fantasy Novels Don t get me wrong he s absolutely right about them I just think he could have been less condescending Lewis must have pissed on his porridge when he was a young lad I m sure after the exensive research he has done on Block and other mideval historians he understands how a casual comment even if true can ruin a sound and legitimate message that is also true buy savaging the messenger At any rate it could have been worse He s not completely disrespectful and it seems he did try to give them credit or being actual medieval historians The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) first and writers by devotion I didind the story about how Lewis became a semi willing semi aware tool of the conservative Christian Movement in England interesting and already known He saw Tolkien as not so willing a tool as a vessel with a similar message either that or too lazy and mediocre The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis for the Christian right to want him as their messenger So the saga continues and the message is either All these guys who came before me between 1900 and the present gave views of medieval history that was coloured by their life experiences and not so much reflective of the values of Culture in the middle ages or If I m right then you can t even trust my opinion because it s been coloured by my life experiences and has been projected on the Middle Ages too just like everyone else To be less cynical the value here is that he has looked at their lives and what they wrote and believed in based upon letters and speeches etc and absolutely they have transfered some of there values on the Middle Ages then broadcast them to the Western World I m not sure that s news but now rather than supposing it is this way Candor has mapped it outor us I still wonder how this would eel if someone applied to him the process he has applied to them In some cases I m not sure his compassion is well placed in others i believe his compassion might have been warranted than his scorn It s important to know the values of the historian to. The Lives Works and Ideas of the Great Medievalists of the Twentieth CenturyIn this ground breaking work Norman Cantor explains how our current notion of the Middle Ages with its vivid images of wars tournaments plagues saints and kings knights and ladies was born in the twentieth century The medieval world was not simply excavated through systematic research It had to be conceptually created It had to be invented and this is the story of that inventionNorman Cantor ocuses on the live. ,
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