The Beauty is in the Details. Patterns and Contexts in the Middle Ages


Edited by Judit Majorossy, Katalin Szende, Suzana Miljan, Teodora C. Artimon

ISBN 978-615-81353-3-7

DOI: 10.22618/TP.HAA.20194

Volume 4 (November 2019)

Paperback, pp. 343

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This volume offers a cross-section of English-language articles published by the Austrian medievalist Gerhard Jaritz in the last 35 years. The eighteen articles comprise a refreshing variety of topics and approaches to medieval humans, animals, and things, organized in five thematic units: Mentality, Human Behaviour, Emotions; Social Order; Minorities and Marginal Groups; Animals and Other Creatures; and Objects. All these reflect his engagement with the issues of everyday life at its broadest and best. The reader of these articles, irrespective of knowing Prof. Jaritz from before or not, feels personally invited into the workshop of a meticulously creative mind, a profoundly professional historian who at the same time is also always ready to transgress traditional boundaries and conventions.



Tabula Gratulatoria


Mentality, Human Behaviour, Emotions

1. Cistercian Migrations in the Late Middle Ages (1985)

2. Ira Dei, Material Culture, and Behavior in the Late Middle Ages: Evidence from German-speaking Europe (2001)

3. Images and the Power of the Spoken Word (2001)

4. The Destruction of Things in the Late Middle Ages: Outburst versus Control of Emotions (2003)

Social Order

5. The Material Culture of the Peasantry in the Late Middle Ages: “Image“ and “Reality“ (1995)

6. “Young, Rich and Beautiful“: The Visualization of Male Beauty in the Late Middle Ages (1999)

7. Social Grouping and the Languages of Dress in the Late Middle Ages (2000)

8. The Good and the Bad Example, or Making Use of Le Petit People in Late Medieval Central Europe (2002)

Minorities and Marginal Groups

9. Poverty Constructions and Material Culture (2007)

10. The Visual Image of the ‘Other’ in Late Medieval Urban Space: Patterns and Constructions (2009)

11. The Memory of Late Medieval Thieves (2009)

12. Signs of Mental Disorder in Late Medieval Visual Evidence (2014)

Animals and Other Creatures

13. Oxen and Hogs, Monkeys and Parrots: Using “Familiar” and “Unfamiliar” Fauna in Late Medieval Visual Representation (2005) 

14. Draconcopedes, or, the Faces of Devilish Virgins (2013)

15. Dogs in Church (2017)


16. The History of Late Medieval Everyday Life: A Review of Patterns and Contrasts (2009)

17. The Bread-Knife (2011)

18. Excrement and Waste (2015)

List of Figures


Specific References

GERHARD JARITZ has been a professor at the Department of Medieval Studies of Central European University (Budapest) since 1993. He was a senior research fellow at the Institut für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (presently part of the University of Salzburg) in Krems between 1973 and 2014. He was a lecturer in the history of medieval material culture at the University of Graz between 1978 and 2002. He was also a guest lecturer at the University of Vienna, the University of Salzburg, the University of Zürich, the University of Sofia, and the University of Copenhagen where he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2004. His fields of interest include history of everyday life, history of visual culture and gender history.

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