Robes and Honor

The Medieval World of Investiture

  • Editors
  • Stewart Gordon

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. A World of Investiture

    1. Stewart Gordon
      Pages 1-19
  3. The Beginnings: 100 CE–500 CE

  4. Early Medieval Development and Spread: CA. 500 CE–CA. 1000 CE

  5. The Later Middle Ages: CA. 1000 CE–CA. 1500 CE

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 387-394

About this book


Robes and Honor is a fascinating exploration of the possible common origin and subsequent developments of investiture across medieval Christianity and medieval Islam. The ceremony in all of its cultural variety was much more than the public adoption of a high-value textile as symbol of office; within a culture, robing established a personal link 'from the hand' of the giver - king, pope, head of a sect, ambassador - to the receiver - noble, general, official, nun, or acolyte. This volume challenges current thinking on religious and regional boundaries of 'cultures,' raises semiotic issues about imagined communities, and addresses problems of kingship.


Christianity culture empire France Ritual Tradition

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