Phantoms of Remembrance: Memory and Oblivion at the End of the First Millenium by Patrick J. Geary
English | 15 Apr. 1996 | ISBN: 0691026033 | 264 Pages | PDF | 12 MB
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.