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Revisiting Memory In The Middle Ages (Introduction)

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The role of memory in the Middle Ages has received more substantial scholarly attention in recent decades. This chapter provides an overview of memory in the middle ages. It also presents an overview of the book and its parts. The subject of memory provides a fitting topic for an interdisciplinary enquiry into medieval cultural history in the widest sense. Memory is, on the one hand, related in a close and intricate way to history and the past in general. On the other hand, mnemosyne was considered the mother of the Muses by the Ancients, and is thus often perceived in connection with arts and literature. Finally, memory can pertain specifically to memorization, that is, storing and recuperating knowledge, which was an important part of medieval education and culture.

Keywords: medieval cultural history; memory; middle ages; mnemosyne



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