The Sleep of the Behemoth

Jehangir Yezdi Malegam

Cornell University Press, 2013

Jehangir Malegam’s The Sleep of Behemoth: Disputing Peace and Violence in Medieval Europe, 1000-1200, explores the history of notions of peace, violence, and community in a period of profound change in the political, ecclesiastical, social, and cultural history of Europe. As Jehangir demonstrates, these debates over the meaning of “true peace,” and the various rituals associated with them, not only go a long way in helping us understand the far-reaching Gregorian Reform – they also played a decisive role in shaping later medieval political theory as institutions as diverse as urban communes, on the one hand, and the papal monarchy, on the other, gained increasing power.

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