Jacques Le Goff

Jacques Le Goff (1924 - 2014) belonged to the group of historians gathered around the journal Annales, the most influential periodical issue of modern scientific history.
In his works Le Goff advocates a "one long Middle Ages" on the basis of experience of the "imaginary", more specifically what people imagined and how they perceived reality. He specifically tried to observe how people relatet to time, how they measured it and devided their periods of work and rest. Le Goff created important works of "medieval imagery" through the prism of "the birth of purgatory". More specifically it is about the analysis of changing notions about life after death as a part of the transformation of feudal Christianity in the 12th and 13th century.
From 2000 he was a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and in 1999 he wrote the foreword to the English and the French edition of the first volume of the edition Croatia and Europe, published by the Academy, that was dedicated to a period of Croatian history from the 7th to the 12th century.
Some of his most famous works are L’Occident médiéval (1984), L'Imaginaire médiéval (1985), Héros et merveilles du Moyen Âge (2005), Faut-il vraiment découper l'histoire en tranches? (2014), etc.

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