The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century

The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century The th century in Europe was in many respects an age of fresh and vigorous life The epoch of the Crusades of the rise of towns and of the earliest bureaucratic states of the West it saw the culmi

  • Title: The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century
  • Author: Charles Homer Haskins
  • ISBN: 9780674760752
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • The 12th century in Europe was in many respects an age of fresh and vigorous life The epoch of the Crusades, of the rise of towns, and of the earliest bureaucratic states of the West, it saw the culmination of Romanesque art and the beginnings of Gothic the emergence of the vernacular literatures the revival of the Latin classics and of Latin poetry and Roman law the The 12th century in Europe was in many respects an age of fresh and vigorous life The epoch of the Crusades, of the rise of towns, and of the earliest bureaucratic states of the West, it saw the culmination of Romanesque art and the beginnings of Gothic the emergence of the vernacular literatures the revival of the Latin classics and of Latin poetry and Roman law the recovery of Greek science, with its Arabic additions, and of much of Greek philosophy and the origin of the first European universities The twelfth century left its signature on higher education, on the scholastic philosophy, on European systems of law, on architecture and sculpture, on the liturgical drama, on Latin and vernacular poetry

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    1. This is one of the foundational books in the field of medieval studies, and as such worth reading despite its venerable age. (It was first published in 1927.) Haskins was one of the pioneers in reassessing the Middle Ages, demonstrating that the twelfth century is a key period in the history of Europe, a time of intellectual revitalisation and profound socio-economic change. Haskins writes quite fluidly and accessibly (though of course at several points he sees no need to translate the Latin quo [...]

    2. Publicado en lecturaylocura/el-renacimiLa de veces que he dicho que no me gusta la novela histórica, disfruto mucho más de la ficción, es un hecho; sin embargo, ¿cómo es posible que me atraiga a priori un ensayo histórico como es el caso que me ocupa en esta ocasión?; es buen momento para discutir sobre ello, la recomendación ha venido a través de mi librero (como de costumbre) y, cómo no, una de esas editoriales que miman sus ediciones y que demuestran un buen gusto innato.Llevaba tie [...]

    3. This book was a big disappointment. Basically, it serves as an excuse for the author to nerd out over the achievements of various 12th century people. There is very little attempt to create an overall holistic picture of what intellectual life looked like in the 12th century or why a "renaissance" occurred in this time period (versus say the 11th or 13th centuries).

    4. Old-fashioned and dated, but interesting account of the culture of twelfth-century Europe. Focuses completely on Latin culture so the vernacular gets short shrift.

    5. «El medievalista norteamericano Charles H. Haskins destaca ante todo los signos de una renovación de los saberes intelectuales en esta época: progreso de los estudios del clero, aumento de las bibliotecas y del conocimiento de la literatura latina, desarrollo de la teología, la historiografía, el derecho y las ciencias, y aparición de las primeras universidades () Se habla del “renacimiento del siglo XII” desde la publicación de este libro.»CARLOS GARCÍA GUAL, catedrático de Filolo [...]

    6. A seminal book from 1927 that cogently argues that the 'real' Renaissance happened earlier, and the one we know of is simply the next step. Haskins was the scholar who coined the term 'Twelfth Century Renaissance', and thus, opening new field of inquiry.Haskins had a gift with prose and organization, and it helped hammering his points home. Somehow several centuries of intellectual activities just pan out naturally despite utter difference between the beginning (5th century AD) and the end (12th [...]

    7. Interesting enough but be warned--there are tons of quotes in Latin with no translation and later some French. In the middle of the book, strangely, he starts giving translations and then towards the end sometimes does and sometimes doesn't. Odd. Haskins makes a decent case for a renaissance in the 12th century. There were cultural exchanges as well as translations from other languages. It was not an age of darkness.

    8. ES.O.TER.IC! (I got the book from my former mentor and French professor for whom the book was part of her Ph.D. studies.)But fascinating. And the language of it is delightful (written in the 1920s). Lots of "thrice"s and "thence"s and other interesting words I had to look up (which doesn't happen much to me anymore, with English anyway).

    9. Today exactly 1 year ago I finished this book for my course, and a year later I finish it again for the same course. It's an interesting book on the 12th century and the development of universities.

    10. Older, so it is well written and the bibliographies not cluttered with junk nobody wants to read who doesn't have to for some academic tyrant. A mostly engaging book.

    11. Foundational.First published in 1957, this book marks a foundational shift in Medieval Studies. Much if not most Medieval history in the English speaking world was dominated by whig historians such as H.C. Lea and G.G. Coulton, or Renaissance historians like Jacob Burckhardt. All noted for their bias against Medieval culture and the Medieval Church. Haskins' title was chosen to be deliberately provocative and it succeeded. He makes a strong case that the 12th century constitutes a legitimate ren [...]

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