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The Resource Albertanus of Brescia : the pursuit of happiness in the early thirteenth century, James M. Powell

Albertanus of Brescia : the pursuit of happiness in the early thirteenth century, James M. Powell

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Albertanus of Brescia : the pursuit of happiness in the early thirteenth century
Title
Albertanus of Brescia
Title remainder
the pursuit of happiness in the early thirteenth century
Statement of responsibility
James M. Powell
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Albertanus of Brescia is an important figure in the cultural history of late medieval and Renaissance Italy. He is best known among literary scholars for the influence of his writings on Brunetto Latini, John Gower, and Geoffrey Chaucer. In addition, his sermons have received attention as part of the history of lay confraternities and lay preaching in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. James M. Powell shows that Albertanus's contributions considerably surpass even these notable attainments. Powell contends that Albertanus was an original social theorist, who drew on his experience with religious confraternities and with the law to develop a theory of consent. Albertanus developed the idea that society rested on voluntary acceptance of a rule, much as did religious life. This acceptance laid the foundation for social cohesion and legal enforcement. Albertanus's ideas were to find great prominence in the later Middle Ages. Powell's purpose in writing Albertanus of Brescia goes beyond the study of his eponymous subject. Through Albertanus, Powell examines how major developments of the twelfth century began to find expression in the mind of an early thirteenth-century secular thinker. In Albertanus, Powell perceives an individual bringing received, bookish authority into confrontation with lived experience. To Powell, the example of Albertanus suggests a much more complex picture of medieval approaches to social theory than that previously evident in the literature. This is the first book-length study of Albertanus and his works. It will be of particular interest to students and scholars of medieval, Italian, intellectual, and literary history, and political theory
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Powell, James M
Dewey number
945/.2604/092
Illustrations
facsimiles
Index
index present
LC call number
BX4705.A447
LC item number
P68 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Middle Ages series
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  • Albertano
  • Happiness
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Albertanus of Brescia : the pursuit of happiness in the early thirteenth century, James M. Powell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [131]-141) and index
Control code
000293533
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 147 p.
Isbn
9780812231380
Lccn
91029777
Other physical details
facsim.
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  • (Sirsi) 000293533
  • (OCoLC)24379030
Label
Albertanus of Brescia : the pursuit of happiness in the early thirteenth century, James M. Powell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [131]-141) and index
Control code
000293533
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 147 p.
Isbn
9780812231380
Lccn
91029777
Other physical details
facsim.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000293533
  • (OCoLC)24379030

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