I suppose Pat refers to Focillon's old walnut, Terrors of the Year
1000 (its so old that its fallen off my shelf and was probably recycled by
a squirrel), and the oft-cited 'white robe of churches' from
you-know-where. Art historians seem to follow historians in the
traditional reading of this area, as far as I know.
But I'm very interested in what you're saying about Talmudic
communities in the 11th century. I'm not familar with this area. Could you
suggest some basic studies, and/or shall we look forward to something by
you? In the meantime, how would jews in Islamic Spain have contributed to
the genesis of an intellectual (rabbinic) culture in northern E, was there
a northeast migration of people as well as texts? and what about Jewish
communities in the south of France?
At 09:08 AM 12/20/00 -0500, you wrote:
>At 12:34 AM 12/20/00 -0500, you wrote:
>> >Pat wrote:
>>In art history, the year 1000 is usually regarded as the beginning of the
>>Romanesque period, with much attention to millennial ideas that were in the
>>air at the time.
> >RL replies:
>any references? because the "regular" historians have so much trouble
>imagining apocalyptic expectations that i had to write a piece called "the
>fear of an apocalyptic year 1000" with reference not to the contemporaries,
>but modern (augustinian) historians.