I forgot to add a list of new books—new to me at any rate—with the March review. I will try and make this part of the regular thing because I like the idea, and it’s a good way to remind myself that I am still bibliophiliac. I and my family have come to accept that it is, in all probability, a terminal case, but only through careful observation and management will I be able to control the malignancy and live out my shelf-space as long as I can.
So, here are the books which have come into my collection over the month of March and may never actually leave during my lifetime.
Sébastien Nadot, Rompez les lances! chevaliers et tournois au moyen âge, (Autrement: Paris, 2010).
—— Le spectacle des joutes: sport et courtoisie à la fin du Moyen Age, (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2012).
Nadot is a fairly recent graduate of L’EHESS and he currently teaches at L’eniversité d’Orléans and Nice, with a speciality on the history of sport. I must credit Steven Muhlberger for mentioning his work otherwise I would never have seen it. I’m particularly pleased that his writing is clear enough (and fairly free of the long, tortured clauses common in academic French) that I can read him pretty well.
John Fortescue, Sir John Fortescue: On the Laws and Governance of England, ed. Shelley Lockwood, (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1997).
C. R. Cheney and Michael Jones (eds.), A Handbook of Dates For Students of British History, (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2000).
Peter Duckers, The Victoria Cross, (Shire: Botley, Oxon., 2005).
—— European Orders and Decorations to 1945, (Shire: Botley, Oxon., 2008).
These last two by Duckers may seem out of place here but I have a persistent curiosity for medals and militaria. I think it’s the visual complexity and I have an easier time remembering the significance of medal ribbons than just about anything else. Pure visual information coding? meet my Velcro memory. The pair of you will get along very well.
Ton Otto, Henrik Thrane, and Helle Vandkilde (eds.), Warfare and Society: Archaeological and Social Anthropological Perspectives, (Aarhus University Press: Aarhus, 2006).
Somehow, I have never come across this book before. I suspect it’s the segregation of anthropology from other fields I tend to read. It has some very good stuff in it, especially the poorly documented mass grave from Sandbjerg, Denmark.
[Z’s mystery book #4] C. Stephen Jaeger, The Origins of Courtliness: Civilizing Trends and the Formation of Courtly Ideals, 939-1210, (University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 1985).
[Z’s mystery book #3] Jorge Arditi, A Genealogy of Manners: Transformations of Social Relations in France and England From the Fourteenth to the Eighteenth Century, (University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1998).
These were purchases off my Amazon wish list from Z. Very good choices frankly. Not that I am at all surprised.
Karl R. Popper, The Open Society and its Enemies Volume One: The spell of Plato, (Routledge: London, 2003).
——The Open Society and its Enemies Volume Two: Hegel and Marx, (Routledge: London, 2003).
Michel Foucault, The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences, (Routledge: London, 2002).
I got these last three in a moment of weakness although there are much fluffier books one could buy when they are 3 for 2 at Blackwells. They are actually useful, in a general way, for my work. I look forward to making fun of Foucault when I have the chance.