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Author England, Samuel,
Title Medieval empires and the culture of competition : literary duels at Islamic and Christian courts / Samuel England.
Imprint Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2017]

Author England, Samuel,
Series Edinburgh scholarship online
Edinburgh scholarship online.
Subject Courts and courtiers -- History -- To 1500.
Authors, Medieval -- Language.
Language and languages -- Political aspects -- History -- To 1500.
Politics and literature -- History -- To 1500.
Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 230 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 188-224) and index.
Contents Introduction: courtly gifts, imperial rewards -- 'Baghdad is to cities what the master is to mankind': the rise of vizier culture -- The sovereign and the foreign: creating Saladin in Arabic literature of the Counter-Crusade -- Alfonso X: poetry of miracles and domination -- Saladino Rinato: Spanish and Italian courtly fictions of Crusade -- Conclusion: the Ministry of Culture.
Summary "A probing inquiry into medieval court struggles, this book shows the relationship between intellectual conflict and the geopolitics of empire. It examines the Persian Buyids' takeover of the great Arab caliphate in Iraq, the counter-Crusade under Saladin, and the literature of sovereignty in Spain and Italy at the cusp of the Renaissance. The question of high culture--who best qualified as a poet, the function of race and religion in forming a courtier, what languages to use in which official ceremonies--drove much of medieval writing, and even policy itself. From the last moments of the Abbasid Empire, to the military campaign for Jerusalem, to the rise of Crusades literature in spoken Romance languages, authors and patrons took a competitive stance as a way to assert their place in a shifting imperial landscape."--Back cover
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781474425247 (electronic bk.)
1474425240 (electronic bk.)
9781474438544 (electronic book)
1474438547 (electronic book)
OCLC # 1065537569
Additional Format Print version: England, Samuel. Medieval empires and the culture of competition. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2017] 9781474425223 (DLC) 2018300284 (OCoLC)986237046

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