Friendship and Love, Ethics and Politics: Studies in Mediaeval and Early Modern History

Friendship and Love, Ethics and Politics: Studies in Mediaeval and Early Modern History

Friendship and Love, Ethics and Politics: Studies in Mediaeval and Early Modern History

Friendship and Love, Ethics and Politics: Studies in Mediaeval and Early Modern History

Synopsis

For friendship, love and sexuality, it touches upon changes in the distinctions between private and public, in subject-formation and legal practices, as well as the varying cultural, existential and ethical importance of close relations in history.

Excerpt

The Natalie Zemon Davis annual lecture series at the Central European University has given me the opportunity to reformulate in English some of the interpretations of friendship, love, and sexuality in premodern Europe that I have put forward in my Swedish work. These are themes with important ethical and existential implications, as well as a political and cultural subtext. The lively discussions following my lectures in Budapest in November 2008 inspired me to develop my ideas, and I am truly grateful to Natalie, several colleagues, and the graduate students at the CEU for their constructive and rewarding remarks on these occasions. I hope this book will reflect just how much I profited from our enjoyable discussions in Budapest.

I was deeply honored to be invited to the CEU to give the Natalie Zemon Davis annual lecture series.

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