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Phantoms of Remembrance : Memory and Oblivion at the End of the First Millennium - Patrick J. Geary

Phantoms of Remembrance

Memory and Oblivion at the End of the First Millennium

Paperback Published: 5th May 1996
ISBN: 9780691026039
Number Of Pages: 264

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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.

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"Moving from general to particular, the author uses three case-studies to depict local patterns of memory... Geary states his thesis with clarity ... [and] throw[s] light into the most elusive recesses of not just 'the past,' but of processes still going on, in and around us, in 1995."--Alexander Murray, The Times Literary Supplement "[A] fascinating, deeply learned, and meticulous study... This thoughtful book ... raises important questions pertinent to all periods."--Virginia Quarterly Review

List of Illustrations
Introductionp. 3
Remembering and Forgetting in the Eleventh Centuryp. 23
Men, Women, and Family Memoryp. 48
Archival Memory and the Destruction of the Pastp. 81
Unrolling Institutional Memoriesp. 115
Political Memory and the Restructuring of the Pastp. 134
Remembering Pannonian Dragonsp. 158
Conclusionsp. 177
Notesp. 183
Select Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780691026039
ISBN-10: 0691026033
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 5th May 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.39  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.41

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