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Why the Middle Ages Matter Medieval Light on Modern Injustice

ISBN-10: 0415780659
ISBN-13: 9780415780650
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 9/14/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

The word "medieval" is often used in a negative way when talking about contemporary issues; Why the Middle Ages Matter refreshes our thinking about the middle ages by looking at some pressing concerns from today#xE2;#xAC;"s world and showing how they were really handled in the middle ages. The contributors here cover topics such as torture, animal rights, marriage, sexuality, imprisonment, refugees, poverty and end of life care. They shed light on relations between Christians and Muslims and on political leadership. This collection challenges many negative stereotypes of medieval people, revealing a world from which, for instance, much could be learned about looking after the spiritual needs of the dying, and about integrating prisoners into the wider community with the emphasis on reconciliation between victim and criminal. It represents a new level of engagement with issues of social justice by medievalists and provides a highly engaging way into studying the middle ages for students

Simon R. Doubleday is Associate Professor of History, Hofstra University.

List of contributors
Acknowledgments
A note to readers
Introduction
Crime and punishment: Penalizing without prisons
Social deviancy: A medieval approach
End of life: Listening to the monks of Cluny
Marriage: Medieval couples and the uses of tradition
Women: The Da Vinci Code and the fabrication of tradition
Homosexuality: Augustine and the Christian closet
Sexual scandal and the clergy: A medieval blueprint for disaster
Labor: Insights from a medieval monastery
Disability?: Perspectives on bodily difference from the Middle East
Race: What the bookstore hid
Refugees: Views from thirteenth-century France
Torture and truth: Torquemada's ghost
Class justice: Why we need a Wat Tyler Day
Leadership: Why we have mirrors for princes but none for presidents
Index

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