The Text and the World : The Henrykow Book, Its Authors, and their Region, 1160-1310, Hardback Book

The Text and the World : The Henrykow Book, Its Authors, and their Region, 1160-1310 Hardback


The Text and the World is a study of an exceptionally interesting primary source - the Henrykow Book - and of the local and regional world which that source reflected and helped shape.

The source is a history of the Cistercian monastery in Henrykow, about forty kilometers to the south of Wroclaw, in the duchy of Silesia, produced in the monastery in two sections-one completed soon after 1268, the other soon after 1310-and redacted into asingle codex in the second or third decade of the fourteenth century.

The earlier part of the Book is the work of Peter, the third abbot of the monastery, while the continuation was written by an anonymous monk at the same community, possibly a later abbot by the same name.

The Henrykow Book offers an exceptionally rich introduction to a number of subjects currently of major interest to medieval historians.

It is interesting as a literary work, as an instance of forensic rhetoric, and as a type of legal argument; as an instance of biography and (implicit) autobiography.

It draws on and is an example of the relationship between memory and writing, and acts as a record of lordship, power, economy, the law, social groups, communities, and institutions,in the local and regional world of the time.

The Text and the World explores each of these major subjects, contextualized with the Henrykow Book's contemporary diplomatic evidence.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780199688791

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