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Preaching and New Worlds: Sermons as Mirrors of Realms Near and Far

Preaching and New Worlds: Sermons as Mirrors of Realms Near and Far

1st Edition

Timothy J Johnson, Katherine Wrisley Shelby, John D Young
December 04, 2018

This collection of essays examines the polyvalent concept of "New Worlds" in the context of medieval and early modern sermon studies. While the terms "Old World" and "New World" are commonplace in studies of Europe and the Americas, this volume explores how preaching in the Atlantic world and...

Saintly Women: Medieval Saints, Modern Women, and Intimate Partner Violence

Saintly Women: Medieval Saints, Modern Women, and Intimate Partner Violence

1st Edition

Nancy Nienhuis, Beverly Mayne Kienzle
December 13, 2017

This ground-breaking volume assesses the contemporary epidemic of intimate partner violence and explores how and why cultural and religious beliefs serve to excuse battering and to work against survivors’ attempts to find safety. Theological interpretations of sacred texts have been used for...

The Invention of Saintliness

The Invention of Saintliness

1st Edition

Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker
May 08, 2015

This volume discusses, from an historical and literary angle, the ways in which sanctification and the inscription of saintliness take place. Going beyond the traditional categories of canonization, cult, liturgical veneration and hagiographical lives, the work raises fundamental issues concerning...

The Barbarian North in Medieval Imagination: Ethnicity, Legend, and Literature

The Barbarian North in Medieval Imagination: Ethnicity, Legend, and Literature

1st Edition

Robert Rix
November 19, 2014

This book examines the sustained interest in legends of the pagan and peripheral North, tracing and analyzing the use of an ‘out-of-Scandinavia’ legend (Scandinavia as an ancestral homeland) in a wide range of medieval texts from all over Europe, with a focus on the Anglo-Saxon tradition. The pagan...

Medieval Monstrosity and the Female Body

Medieval Monstrosity and the Female Body

1st Edition

Sarah Alison Miller
September 11, 2014

The medieval monster is a slippery construct, and its referents include a range of religious, racial, and corporeal aberrations. In this study, Miller argues that one incarnation of monstrosity in the Middle Ages—the female body—exists in special relation to medieval teratology insofar as it...

Envisaging Heaven in the Middle Ages

Envisaging Heaven in the Middle Ages

1st Edition

Carolyn Muessig, Ad Putter
May 19, 2014

Envisaging Heaven in the Middle Ages deals with medieval notions of heaven in theological and mystical writings, in visions of the Otherworld, and in medieval art, poetry and music. It considers the influence of such notions in the secular literature of some of the greatest writers of the period...

Crying in the Middle Ages: Tears of History

Crying in the Middle Ages: Tears of History

1st Edition

Elina Gertsman
November 08, 2013

Sacred and profane, public and private, emotive and ritualistic, internal and embodied, medieval weeping served as a culturally charged prism for a host of social, visual, cognitive, and linguistic performances. Crying in the Middle Ages addresses the place of tears in Jewish, Christian, and...

Gender and Holiness: Men, Women and Saints in Late Medieval Europe

Gender and Holiness: Men, Women and Saints in Late Medieval Europe

1st Edition

Sam Riches, Sarah Salih
November 29, 2011

This collection brings together two flourishing areas of medieval scholarship: gender and religion. It examines gender-specific religious practices and contends that the pursuit of holiness can destabilise binary gender itself. Though saints may be classified as masculine or feminine, holiness may...

Representations of Eve in Antiquity and the English Middle Ages

Representations of Eve in Antiquity and the English Middle Ages

1st Edition

John Flood
December 02, 2010

As the first woman, Eve was the pattern for all her daughters. The importance of readings of Eve for understanding how women were viewed at various times is a critical commonplace, but one which has been only narrowly investigated. This book systematically explores the different ways in which Eve...

Disability in Medieval Europe: Thinking about Physical Impairment in the High Middle Ages, c.1100–c.1400

Disability in Medieval Europe: Thinking about Physical Impairment in the High Middle Ages, c.1100–c.1400

1st Edition

Irina Metzler
July 09, 2010

This impressive volume presents a thorough examination of all aspects of physical impairment and disability in medieval Europe. Examining a popular era that is of great interest to many historians and researchers, Irene Metzler presents a theoretical framework of disability and explores key areas...

Misconceptions About the Middle Ages

Misconceptions About the Middle Ages

1st Edition

Stephen Harris, Bryon L. Grigsby
April 29, 2009

Interest in the middle ages is at an all time high at the moment, thanks in part to "The Da Vinci Code." Never has there been a moment more propitious for a study of our misconceptions of the Middle Ages than now. Ranging across religion, art, and science, Misconceptions about the Middle Ages...

Julian of Norwich: Visionary or Mystic?

Julian of Norwich: Visionary or Mystic?

1st Edition

Kevin Magill
January 30, 2009

Julian of Norwich was a fourteenth-century woman who at the age of thirty had a series of vivid visions centred around the crucified Christ. Twenty years later, while living as an anchoress in a church, she is believed to have set out these visions in a text called the Showing of Love. Going...

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