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The Cambridge History of Christianity

Volume 4. Christianity in Western Europe, c.1100–c.1500

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Henrietta Leyser, Anthony Perron, Beverly Mayne Kienzle, Brian Patrick McGuire, Lesley Smith, Anders Winroth, Brigitte Resl, Janet Burton, Katherine Jansen, Ora Limor, David Nirenberg, Megan McLaughlin, Alan E. Bernstein, Miri Rubin, Susan Boynton, Sara Lipton, Rachel Fulton, Amy Hollywood, Walter Simons, André Vauchez, Marcus Bull, John Arnold, Joseph Ziegler, Michael Stolz, Koen Goudriaan, Alain Boureau, Kantik Ghosh, Bert Roest, Roberto Rusconi, Christopher Ocker
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  • Date Published: August 2009
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521811064

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  • During the early middle ages, Europe developed complex and varied Christian cultures, and from about 1100 secular rulers, competing factions and inspired individuals continued to engender a diverse and ever-changing mix within Christian society. This volume explores the wide range of institutions, practices and experiences associated with the life of European Christians in the later middle ages. The clergy of this period initiated new approaches to the role of priests, bishops and popes, and developed an ambitious project to instruct the laity. For lay people, the practices of parish religion were central, but many sought additional ways to enrich their lives as Christians. Impulses towards reform and renewal periodically swept across Europe, led by charismatic preachers and supported by secular rulers. This book provides accessible accounts of these complex historical processes and entices the reader towards further enquiry.

    • The volume draws on exciting recent historical work on the religious cultures of later medieval Europe
    • Presents medieval Christianity not as a monolith but as a dynamic organism responding to internal and external stimuli with variable success
    • Both students and scholars will benefit from the accessible style and ample, up-to-date bibliography
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    • Date Published: August 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521811064
    • length: 600 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.07kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Intimations of Change, 1100–1200:
    1. Clerical purity and the re-ordered world Henrietta Leyser
    2. The Bishops of Rome, 1100–1300 Anthony Perron
    3. Religious poverty and the search for perfection Beverly Mayne Kienzle
    4. Monastic and religious orders, c.1100–c.1350 Brian Patrick McGuire
    Part II. Forging a Christian World, 1200–1300:
    5. The theological framework, 1200–1300 Lesley Smith
    6. The legal underpinnings, c.1050–c.1300 Anders Winroth
    7. The material support, 1200–1300 Brigitte Resl
    8. Material support 1200–1300: the monastic and religious orders Janet Burton
    9. The Word and its diffusion Katherine Jansen
    Part III. The Erection of Essential Boundaries:
    10. The erection of essential boundaries: Christians and Jews Ora Limor
    11. Christendom and Islam David Nirenberg
    12. Christians and heretics Peter Biller
    13. Women and men Megan McLaughlin
    14. Heaven, hell, and purgatory:
    1100–1500 Alan E. Bernstein
    Part IV. Shapes of a Christian World:
    15. Sacramental life Miri Rubin
    16. Religious soundscapes: liturgy and music Susan Boynton
    17. Images in the world: reading the crucifixion Sara Lipton
    18. Mary Rachel Fulton
    19. Mysticism and transcendence Amy Hollywood
    Part V. Transience:
    20. On the margins of religious life: hermits and recluses, penitents and tertiaries, beguines and beghards Walter Simons
    21. Saints and pilgrimages: new and old (1100–1500) André Vauchez
    22. Crusade and conquest Marcus Bull
    Part VI. The Challenges to a Christian Society:
    23. Repression and power John Arnold
    24. Faith and the intellectuals (I) Joseph Ziegler
    25. Faith and the intellectuals (II) Michael Stolz
    Part VII. Reform and Renewal:
    26. Empowerment through reading, writing and example: the Devotio Modern Koen Goudriaan
    27. The invasion of demons in the Christian community Alain Boureau
    28. Wycliffism and Lollardy Kantik Ghosh
    29. Observant reform in the late medieval religious orders Bert Roest
    30. Public purity and discipline: states and religious renewal Roberto Rusconi
    31. The Bible in the fifteenth century Christopher Ocker.

  • Editors

    Miri Rubin, Queen Mary, University of London
    Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London. Her most recent publications include A Sort of God: A History of the Virgin Mary (2009), The Hollow Crown: A History of Britain in the Late Middle Ages (2005) and Love, Friendship and Faith in Europe 1300–1800 (2005) co-edited with Laura Gowing and Michael Hunter.

    Walter Simons, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
    Walter Simons is Associate Professor in the Department of History, Dartmouth College. He is author of Cities of Ladies: Beguine Communities in the Medieval Low Countries 1200–1565 and co-editor of Ludo J. R. Milis, Religion, Culture and Mentalities in the Medieval Low Countries: Selected Essays (2005) with Jeroen Deploige, Martine De Reu and Steven Vanderputten and The Productivity of Urban Space in Northern Europe with Peter Arnade and Martha Howell (2002).

    Contributors

    Henrietta Leyser, Anthony Perron, Beverly Mayne Kienzle, Brian Patrick McGuire, Lesley Smith, Anders Winroth, Brigitte Resl, Janet Burton, Katherine Jansen, Ora Limor, David Nirenberg, Megan McLaughlin, Alan E. Bernstein, Miri Rubin, Susan Boynton, Sara Lipton, Rachel Fulton, Amy Hollywood, Walter Simons, André Vauchez, Marcus Bull, John Arnold, Joseph Ziegler, Michael Stolz, Koen Goudriaan, Alain Boureau, Kantik Ghosh, Bert Roest, Roberto Rusconi, Christopher Ocker

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