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Medieval Religion

New Approaches, 1st Edition

Edited by Constance Hoffman Berman


416 pages

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Constance Hoffman Berman presents an indispensable collection of the most influential and revisionist work to be done on religion in the Middle Ages in the last two decades.

Bringing together an authoritative list of scholars from around the world, this book is a comprehensive compilation of the most important work in this field. Medieval Religion provides a valuable service for all those who study the Middle Ages, church history or religion.


'This volume of selected recent researched provides a useful tool to students of religious history in medieval Europe'. - Kari Élisabeth BØRRESEN

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Religious Speculation and Social Thought 1. Jesus as Mother and Abbot as Mother Caroline Walker Bynum 2. Crusading as an Act of Love Jonathan Riley-Smith 3. The Orders of Society Giles Constable Part 2: Reform and Growth in the Clerical Hierarchy 4. Canossa and the Ungendering of the Public Man Jo Ann McNamara 5. The Priest's Wife Dyan Elliott 6. Secular Clergy and Religious Life in Verona Maureen C. Miller 7. The Cardinals' View of the Papacy Norman Zacour Part 3:Women and the practice of asceticism and contemplation 8. Were there Twelfth-Century Cistercian Nuns? Constance Berman 9. Mary Magdalen and the Contemplative Life Katherine Ludwig Jansen 10. Hearing is Believing: Clarissan architecture in Italy Caroline A. Bruzelius 11. 'Men's Duty to Provide for Women's Needs:' Abelard, Heloise, and their negotiation of the cura monialium Fiona J. Griffiths Part 4: Increasing Violence and Exclusion 12. Creation of a Christian Armory against Islam Dominique Iogna-Prat 13. Bodies in the Jewish-Christian Debate Anna Sapir Abulafia 14. Desecration of the Host: The birth of an accusation Miri Rubin 15. The Two Faces of Secular Violence against Jews David Nirenberg

About the Editor

Constance Hoffman Berman is Professor of History at the University of Iowa where she has taught since 1988. She has published widely on medieval religious women, reform religion in the twelfth century and the Cistercian Order. Her books include The Cistercian Evolution.

About the Series

Rewriting Histories

Rewriting Histories focuses on historical themes where standard conclusions are facing a major challenge. Each book presents ten to fifteen papers (edited and annotated where necessary) at the forefront of current research and interpretation, offering students an accessible way to engage with contemporary debates.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval
RELIGION / General