Textes et Études du Moyen Âge
Frontiers in the Middle Ages
Proceedings of the Third European Congress of Medieval Studies (Jyväskylä, 10-14 June, 2003)
Edited by O. Merisalo with the collaboration of P.Pahta
Louvain-la-Neuve, 2006, ISBN 2-503-52420-6, €65
The first uses of the term frontiere in thirteenth-fourteenth-century French were military, referring to the first line of troops in a battle. In architecture it meant the front of a building, and at the end of the fourteenth century it was first used as a geographical term, in Spain specifically about the divide between the Christians and the Muslims. More than obstacles, medieval frontiers – whether geographical, political, military, intellectual or artistic – seem to have been bridges and points of contact.
Frontiers was the theme of the Third European Congress of Medieval Studies organised by the FIDEM in Jyväskylä, Finland, in 2003. True to the nature of the FIDEM, it was highly interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars from all over the world, addressing problems ranging from Byzantine administration to Icelandic vernacular scribal culture, during a week of extraordinary intellectual excitement.
This volume brings together forty-four contributions by specialists of history, history of ideas, medieval philosophy, philology, linguistics, literature as well as manuscript and archival studies.