Nouvelle acquisition : Friendship in the merovingian kingdoms : Venantius Fortunatus and his contemporaries

WILLIARS Hope
Friendship in the merovingian kingdoms : Venantius Fortunatus and his contemporaries
Leeds : ARC Humanities Press, 2022, 253 p.
Texte remanié de: Ph D. : Histoire : Leeds University : 2017
Collection Carmen monographs and studies
ISBN 978-1-64189-046-5

HMA 532

Résumé éditeur :

This book explores how one early medieval poet survived and thrived amidst the political turbulence of sixth century Gaul – with a little help from his friends. Born in northern Italy, Venantius Fortunatus made his career writing for and about members of the Merovingian elite. Although he is no longer dismissed as an opportunistic poetaster who wrote undistinguished flattery for undeserving kings and aristocrats, his work remains unduly neglected. This book reframes Fortunatus as a writer uniquely suited to his times, a professional poet who addressed his contemporaries‘ needs and wishes for the prestige and sophistication of Classical culture. His poems and letters enabled his aristocratic patrons to situate themselves in networks, which they made and maintained in order to navigate a post-imperial but not post-Roman world. It makes an important contribution to our understanding of friendship inthe Middle Ages and offers a fresh look at the Frankish kingdoms of Merovingian Gaul. (4e de couv.)

 



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Corinne HÉLIN (2023, 28 octobre). Nouvelle acquisition : Friendship in the merovingian kingdoms : Venantius Fortunatus and his contemporaries. IRHiS-Bibliothèque. Consulté le 25 avril 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/lyjx

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