Values and Social Identity in Dynastic Traditions of Medieval Poland (c. 966-1138)
Author: Przemysław Wiszewski
Focused on the formative force of national identity for the Poles the transmission of values the book offers a tour of a huge set of primary sources from the period 966-1138 in search of the traditions of the Piasts the ruling dynasty of Poland.
Nero's palace, the Domus Aurea (Golden House), is the most influential known building in the history of Roman architecture. It has been incompletely studied and poorly understood ever since its most important sections were excavated in the 1930s. In this book, Larry Ball provides systematic investigation of the Domus Aurea, including a comprehensive analysis of the masonry, the design, and the abundant ancient literary evidence. Highlighting the revolutionary innovations of the Domus Aurea, Ball also outlines their wide-ranging implications for the later development of Roman concrete architecture.
This new edition contains the texts and brand new translations of two key documents of twelfth-century English history. The Dialogus de Scaccario (Dialogue of the Exchequer) is a medieval financial manual written by a royal official, Richard fitzNigel: it describes the sources of royal revenue, details the functions of those collected money for the king, and explains how the exchequer maintained control over the king's money. The Constitutio Domus Regis lists the job titles and allowances of those people whose responsibility was to look after the domestic needs of the king and his court circle. Together the Dialogus and the Constitutio provide a window into the workings and personnel of medieval English government, and the editors offer extensive notes to to guide the reader.
The Dialogue of the Exchequer, and The Disposition of the Royal Household
Author: Emilie Amt
Publisher: OUP Oxford
This new edition contains the texts and translations of two key documents in medieval English history. The Dialogus de Scaccario, or Dialogue of the Exchequer, written by Richard fitzNigel - an insider at the court of Henry II (1154-89), has long formed the basis of historical knowledge of royal finance in the later twelfth century. It focuses on the annual audit of the sheriffs' accounts that led to the writing of the documents known as the pipe rolls. The Dialogus details the personnel and procedures of revenue collection at a time of critical importance for English government, administration, law, and economic development. It is a practical handbook rather than a theoretical treatise, and it occupies a unique place in English history. The Constitutio Domus Regis, dating from the reign of Henry I (1100-35), is the first document to describe the payments made to that group of men (and one woman) whose duty it was to look after the king's bodily needs. Kings have always been surrounded by such people, but it is not until the early years of the twelfth century that we can begin to see these people in any detail. The Constitutio is an enigmatic text and has been largely misunderstood by those who have used it before now. This edition is the first to collate all the relevant manuscripts fully. The two documents are accompanied by new readable translations, full introductions, and detailed notes, making them accessible and comprehensible twelfth-century English texts. Together, they provide a window into the workings and personnel of medieval English government.