E–pub/Pdf [Behind the Castle Gate From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance] ñ Matthew Johnson

Obsession lEsult of performances at an everyday and ceremonialevel Who people were then depended on these performances An eighteenth century gent who started behaving Cabaret: A Roman Riddle like a yeoman adopting a certainifestyle behavior set of attitudes eating and acting towards social superiors euals or inferiors in a certain way might cease to be a gent Contemporaries were certainly capable of making uite nuanced judgements about civility in this way Elias 1978 Similarly being a medieval knight or a noble was also in part a performative category Obviously performances are structured by the world in "Which They Are Set "they are set architecture is a way of manipulating that worldIf adding BATTLEMENTS TO YOUR RESIDENCE TO BE YOU THE to your residence to be gives you the of nobility of your current social status and thus potentially concrete stone substance to upwardly mobile performance that contradicts cherished social fiction aka makes apparent that being a ord was not simply an intrinsic uality of birth and blood one can begin to see why authorities would want to icense crenellation No castle building for you Several interesting points if you can ignore the era s studiedly non committal knowledge relativism. G rebuilding and iving in a castle was as complex an experience as a piece of medieval artBehind the Castle Gate brings castles and their inhabitants alive Combining ground breaking scholarship with fascinating narratives it will be read avidly by all with an interest in castles. ,


From my review over at DreamwidthForget All Roads Lead Home license to kill I want aicense to crenellate It may strike you gentle reader as a tad absurd to write an enthusiastic book recommendation that one is only fifteen pages into reading "I borrowed a copy as background reading for a creative project and unsuspecting begin to casually skim "borrowed a copy as background reading for a creative project and unsuspecting begin to casually skim the preface on the train Within five minutes I had to stop augh reread the sentence in uestion augh harder and then go back and read properly from the very startI am the first to admit that castles specifically English castles in the period 1350 1660 and what happened to
castles at the 
at the of the Middle Ages 1 is not my area of expertise I have not read a whit of the many authors Johnson uotes or visited a one of the castles referenced as touchstones I can however recognize dry academic wit when I see it buried three ayers of footnotes deep et alone freely gamboling across the page with good humor to ease points of such brilliant intellectual skewering right in the cherished blind spots of certain academic authorities that I find myself wanting to take notes on almost every page I haven t had this much fun reading any book The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis let alone In this engaging book Matthew Johnsonooks 'behind the castle gate' to discover the truth about castles in England at the end of the Middle AgesTraditional studies have seen castles as compromises between the needs of comfort and of defence and as statements of wealth or power .
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insight deceptive under 200 pages total it s ike reading "Ren e L Bergland s The National Uncanny Indian Ghosts and American Subjects Reencounters With "e L Bergland s The National Uncanny Indian Ghosts and American Subjects Reencounters With though Bergland sticks with a degree of tonal gravitas appropriate to pervasive pernicious issues that harm hamper iving people to this day Johnson clearly feels no such scruples when it comes to monumental academic egos and the structures of power architectural and academical that they re built on his judicial deflations are cordially mercilessAs for the actual nominal subject matter well I will eave you with a uote from where I eft off reading 12 on the way into work this morning this is fascinating thought provoking stuffThe view that comes closest to the one I want to pursue here is that described by Philip Dixon 1990 as the castle as theatre Castles were theatrical in that they served as stage settings The social identities thus staged were unstable and the staging itself was constitutive of that status I want to take this analogy further and deeper than Dixon does We noted in the ast section that social identities were in part the R both By encouraging the reader to view castles in relation to their inhabitants Matthew Johnson uncovers a whole new vantage point He shows how castles functioned as stage settings against which people played out roles of ord and servant husband and wife father and son Buildin. people played out roles of ord and servant husband and wife father and son Buildin. Behind the Castle Gate From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance