This book provides a wide-ranging collection of original source material that covers the history of medieval religion from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance.
Easy to read and accessible to students, with introductions to each section explaining the main themes and issues raised, it provides coverage of the key elements of the history of the Western Church in the period, including:
- the Papacy
- monastic orders
- popular piety and devotion
- sections on the Eastern Church, Judaism, Islam and Mysticism.
The texts selected are arranged clearly in chronological order and each one is introduced by a brief editorial note to provide context. Medieval Religion also includes a comprehensive further reading section.
Table of Contents
1. Background: The Mediterranean World and its Religions 2. The Creation of Christendom 3. Saints 4. Monks and Nuns 5. The Papacy 6. The Clergy 7. Theology and the Sacraments 8. Popular Religion: Pilgrimage 9. Popular Religion: Mass Movements 10. Popular Religion: Devotion and Folk Religion 11. Magic and Heresy 12. Islam 13. The Eastern Church 14. Judaism 15. Mysticism
Roberta Anderson is Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern studies at Bath Spa University and is the co-editor of Medieval Worlds (Routledge, 2003) and has published numerous papers on Medieval and Early Modern history. She is a member of the Higher Education Academy
Dominic Aidan Bellenger is the Abbot of Downside Abbey in Somerset and the author of several historical studies. He has lectured on Medieval history at several British universities and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society.