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  • Grímnismál : a critical edition 

    Mattioli, Vittorio (University of St Andrews, 2018-06-28) - Thesis
    The purpose of this thesis is an in-depth analysis of the Eddic poem Grímnismál found in the manuscript known as Codex Regius (GKS 2365 4to), located in Reykjavík, dated to c. 1270 and a fragment (AM 748 I 4to), located ...
  • A comparative study of the hospitals and leprosaria in Narbonne, France and Siena, Italy (1080-1348) 

    Peterson, Anna (University of St Andrews, 2017-12-08) - Thesis
    This thesis analyses the development of the hospitals and leprosaria in Narbonne and Siena from their foundation to the Black Death (1080-1348). Specifically, it examines their respective relationships with the people of ...
  • Looking beyond Guinevere : depictions of women in Chrétien de Troyes’ Arthurian romances, the cult of saints, and religious texts of the twelfth century 

    Hayes, Lydia Helen (University of St Andrews, 2017-12-08) - Thesis
    This thesis provides a reading of Chrétien de Troyes’ Arthurian romances that reflects the cultural and intellectual context of twelfth-century Christianity. The impact of this context on Chrétien’s romances is examined ...
  • The reinvention of jihād in twelfth-century al-Shām 

    Goudie, Kenneth Alexander (University of St Andrews, 2016-11-30) - Thesis
    This thesis examines the reinvention of jihād ideology in twelfth‑century al‑Shām. In modern scholarship there is a tendency to speak of a revival of jihād in the twelfth century, but discussion of this revival has been ...
  • John of Salisbury and law 

    Esser, Maxine Kristy (University of St Andrews, 2017-12-08) - Thesis
    The aim of this thesis is to consider the knowledge and use of law by John of Salisbury, evaluating what he thought law should be, whence it originated and how it related to aspects of society, for example the institutions ...

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