DescriptionTo write this history of the imagination, Le Goff has recreated the mental structures of medieval men and women by analyzing the images of man as microcosm and the Church as mystical body; the symbols of power such as flags and oriflammes; and the contradictory world of dreams, marvels, devils, and wild forests. Le Goff is one of the most distinguished of the French medieval historians of his generation . . . he has exercised immense influence.--Maurice Keen, New York Review of Books The whole book turns on a fascinating blend of the brutally materialistic and the generously imaginative.--Tom Shippey, London Review of Books The richness, imaginativeness and sheer learning of Le Goff's work . . . demand to be experienced.--M. T. Clanchy, Times Literary Supplement
University of Chicago Press
December 15, 1992
6.02 X 0.7 X 9.01 inches | 0.91 pounds
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About the Author
Jacques Le Goff(1927-2014) was a prominent French historian andmedievalist. He wasa key proponent of theAnnales school of historical analysis, which emphasizes longterm social history over political or military themes. He argued that the Middle Ages were a distinct form ofcivilization, substantively different from both the classsical and modern worlds.
Arthur Goldhammer is Senior Affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.