Phantoms of Remembrance: Memory and Oblivion at the End of the First Millennium

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Princeton University Press, 1996 - 248 pages
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In Phantoms of Remembrance, Patrick Geary makes important new inroads into the widely discussed topic of historical memory, vividly evoking the everyday lives of eleventh-century people and both their written and nonwritten ways of preserving the past. Women praying for their dead, monks creating and re-creating their archives, scribes choosing which royal families of the past to applaud and which to forget: it is from such sources that most of our knowledge of the medieval period comes. Throughout richly detailed descriptions of various acts of remembrance--including the naming of children and the recording of visions--the author unearths a wide range of approaches to preserving the past as it was or formulating the past that an individual or group prefers to imagine.In Phantoms of Remembrance, Patrick Geary makes important new inroads into the widely discussed topic of historical memory, vividly evoking the everyday lives of eleventh-century people and both their written and nonwritten ways of preserving the past. Women praying for their dead, monks creating and re-creating their archives, scribes choosing which royal families of the past to applaud and which to forget: it is from such sources that most of our knowledge of the medieval period comes. Throughout richly detailed descriptions of various acts of remembrance--including the naming of children and the recording of visions--the author unearths a wide range of approaches to preserving the past as it was or formulating the past that an individual or group prefers to imagine.
  

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Introduction
3
Remembering and Forgetting in the Eleventh Century
23
Men Women and Family Memory
48
Archival Memory and the Destruction of the Past
81
Unrolling Institutional Memories
115
Political Memory and the Restructuring of the Past
134
Remembering Pannonian Dragons
158
Conclusions
177
NOTES
183
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
219
INDEX
241
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