I just want to say i finally read this paper yesterday and I found it really fascinating, especially the conclusion where they talk about the role of honor / reputation in late medieval society and it's relation to violence, commerce, social standing etc.
Really interesting stuff, this kind of helps me bridge my understanding of early medieval / Iron age Norse culture with later Renaissance Italy.
My one question is, where did all that honor go? At what point did we stop needing it in mainstream culture? It was important in the subculture I was in during my youth in almost exactly the same way described in this paper.
"In the case of an ailing social order, the absence of an adequate diagnosis... is a crucial, perhaps decisive part of the disease." -Zygmunt Bauman
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