By Umberto Eco
Voilà un nouvel opus de poids livré par Umberto Eco. Plus de vingt ans après Le Nom de l. a. rose, bâti comme une cathédrale, le toujours sémillant sémiologue offre un portrait puisé dans le bas Moyen Âge. Baudolino est né au milieu du XIIe siècle à Alexandrie, dans le Piémont, entre les montagnes du Nord et l. a. mer, dans le fourrages des animaux. À peine adolescent, il est acheté à son père paysan par l'empereur Frédéric. Et de faire de sa vie un destin. Avec l'empereur en père adoptif, il va parcourir le monde, les cours, les champs de bataille entre l'orient et l'occident, découvrir les intrigues politiques et amoureuses. Malin, espiègle et séduisant bougre, férocement cultivé, fin bavard, il est surtout un affabulateur insatiable qui manipule à l'envi et à son gré un empereur affable, toujours weak de prendre des vessies pour des lanternes.
Rien de moins qu'une bold et réjouissante fresque, menée entre un confesseur (Baudolino, héros narrateur) et un convinced (Nicétas, un vieux sage, prétexte au récit) ; l'un jamais à court docket d'anecdotes, de revers croustillants, l'autre rarement avare de ponctuations philosophiques. Dense, chargé, très chargé, Baudolino est nourri de détails, de tableaux pittoresques dans une fiction rocambolesque extirpée de l'Histoire.
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Qxd 16 8/20/05 11:49 AM Page 16 LORDS AND COMMUNITIES IN EARLY MEDIEVAL EAST ANGLIA The Dynasty of Ealdorman Æthelwine c. The most famous figure in the dynasty was Æthelwine’s own father, Æthelstan (d. In the late ninth and early tenth centuries several of the boroughs and their localities within the region had been under the authority of Scandinavian earls, who established peace with King Edward the Elder (899–924)after his conquest of the southern Danelaw c. The narratives, though, do not dwell upon his local administrative duties in East Anglia, which appear to have remained in the hands of the Scandinavian earls and their successors during his tenure of the ealdordom.
Ii, p. 204; iii, p. 338. Account based on Chron. , iii, c. 77/lxxxxvii, pp. 143–4. qxd 8/20/05 11:49 AM Page 27 THE DYNASTY OF EALDORMAN ÆTHELWINE AND TENTH-CENTURY SOCIETY 27 If then Ealdorman Æthelwine and Ælfwold did not invest much wealth in the establishment of great secular residences, perhaps they used the revenues at their disposal to acquire treasures. The donation by nobles of de luxe manuscripts and artefacts used in religious services communicated the power, piety and prestige of both donors and recipients, providing the material means for rituals which shaped and affirmed social relationships.
Phil. Dissertation, University of Oxford, 2001), pp. , pp. 209–18. E. John, ‘The Beginning of the Benedictine Reform Movement in England’, idem, Orbis Britanniae and Other Studies, Studies in Early English History IV (Leicester, 1966), pp. S. 1100’, St Oswald of Worcester: Life and Influence, eds. P. E. Cubitt (Leicester, 1996), pp. 84–99, at 94. The context is set out in D. Knowles, The Monastic Order in England: a History of its Development from the Times of St Dunstan to the Fourth Lateran Council 940–1216, 2nd edn (Cambridge, 1963), pp.
Baudolino by Umberto Eco