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The Quest for the Sonnet

The Origins of the Sonnet in Arabic Poetry

Kamal Abu-Deeb

Sicily. Sicily! That is where the reward lay, I felt. I sat down and charted the structures of all the sonnets written in Sicily – a century or more before Petrarch – in the court of Frederick II (1194–1250), in which a poet named Lentini lived and

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Katherine Hennessey and Margaret Litvin

the polyglot Sicilian court of Frederick II (1194–1250) was the forum in which poet Giacomo da Lentini, father of the Italian sonnet, might have heard, adopted and adapted Arabic poetry of this type. To fill out the picture, a section in the online

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From Villainous Letch and Sinful Outcast, to “Especially Beloved of God”

Complicating the Medieval Leper through Gender and Social Status

Christina Welch and Rohan Brown

women, the loss of the nose is equated with the loss of sexual desirability, the loss of a nose for men had a different connotation. 38 As Aretaios noted, noselessness was equated with enhanced or immoral sexual desire; Frederick II (1194–1250) used

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“Give Me Back My Son!”

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Emotion Talk, and the Gendering of Political Rhetoric

Linda E. Mitchell

interdicted the entire duchy of Austria or the Staufen lands held by Henry VI. He could have declared a crusade against the emperor, much as his successor Innocent IV did to Henry VI’s son Frederick II in the 1240s. Certainly, Eleanor must have thought that

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Crossing Boundaries

The Case of Wanda Wasilewska and Polish Communism

Agnieszka Mrozik

its new, postwar borders. In the collective imagination of Poles, this picture evoked associations with another photograph from the partition era: at the close of the eighteenth century, Catherine II of Russia, Frederick II of Prussia, and Joseph II of