The Heart of Dread: A Case Study of Fear in Old Norse Culture

The misplaced idea of the Middle Ages as a period of unmediated emotion is still popular. Yet, by studying both textual and material culture from the period, recent scholarship in the history of emotions has proved that this is not the case.

The Fine Line Between Courage and Fear in Procopius’s Vandal War

The emotion of ‘fear takes center stage in the Vandal War by Procopius. Recent scholarship has underlined Procopius’s stress on the febrile anxiety that gripped Constantinople when the Emperor Justinian announced his military expedition to recover the former Roman provinces of North Africa from the Vandals.

Emotional memory and medieval autobiography: King James I of Aragon (r. 1213–76)’s Llibre dels fets

This study examines the role that emotional memories – memories connected to or describing emotions – played in the recollection of events, while also becoming powerful rhetorical and didactic tools in the process of history-writing.

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