The idea for this book was born from the desire to trace the essential lines of the far-reaching magisterium that Franco Cardini has conducted in the course of his more than forty-year academic career, presenting the most recent results of studies carried out by his students on themes and problems that he originally suggested. From its very title, the book seeks to underline the peculiarity of teaching imparted without ever defining a “school” or rigidly tracing a line of research, one that in any event has been decisive for many recent investigations conducted in territories infrequently visited by Italian historiography. The relationship with otherness and the consequent process of self-determination of peoples constitute the crux of the apparently heterogeneous themes presented. These themes range from studies on the crusades and pilgrimage to chivalry and the evolution of the concept of war in the Middle Ages, to various marginal realities extant in that specific historical period, to travellers from East and West, protagonists and promoters of an intercultural dialogue in every period. Our picture is completed by two digressions on the influences of the Middle Ages on the music of the twentieth century and on cinema, as well as a lengthy and unusual interview with an unusual teacher conducted by a former student.
Silvia Agnoletti, Kaled el-Bibas, Leone Borsotti, Niccolò Budini Gattai, Claudio Carpini, Domenico Del Nero, Francesco Grassi, Christian Grasso, Emilia Latini, Luca Mantelli, Simone Petriglieri, Lucia Ricciardi, Ughetta Sorelli, Francesco Vermigli.v