The eminent historian Patrick J. Geary has written a provocative
book, based on lectures delivered at the Historical Society of
Israel about the role of language and ideology in the study and
history of the early Middle Ages. He includes a fascinating
discussion of the rush by nationalist philologists to rediscover
the medieval roots of their respective vernaculars, the rivalry
between vernacular languages and Latin to act as transmitters of
Christian sacred texts and administrative documents, and the rather
sloppy and ad hoc emergence in different places of the vernacular
as the local administrative idiom. This is a fascinating look at
the weakness of language as a force for unity: ideology, church
authority, and emerging secular power always trumped language.
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