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Contesting Christendom Readings in Medieval Religion and Culture

ISBN-10: 0742554724
ISBN-13: 9780742554726
Edition: 2007
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Description: This reader fills a gap in classroom offerings by exploring historians' ongoing attempt to understand the social and cultural aspects of medieval Christianity. James Halverson organizes his selections around two central questions what do we mean  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This reader fills a gap in classroom offerings by exploring historians' ongoing attempt to understand the social and cultural aspects of medieval Christianity. James Halverson organizes his selections around two central questions what do we mean when we say that medieval Europe was a Christian culture, and what did it mean to be a Christian in the Middle Ages? He argues that the diversity of medieval society over time and space defies the simple answers given in textbooks and that students of medieval religion must have more exposure to issues such as class, gender, and literacy. This carefully selected and provocative collection of key works in the field will provide an invaluable introduction to the medieval world.

Introduction
The Extent of Christianization in the Early Middle Ages
Background to Augustine's Mission to Anglo-Saxon England
Some Historical Re-identification and the Christianization of Kent
The Barbarian Conversion from Paganism to Christianity
Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100
Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context
The Rise of Western Christendom
The Development of Christendom
The Knight, the Lady, and the Priest: The Making of Modern Marriage in Medieval France
Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade
Sword, Mitre, and Cloister: Nobility and the Church in Burgundy, 980-1198
Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages
Women's Role in Latin Letters From the Fourth to the Early Twelfth Centuries
The Apostolic Life
Religious Movements in the Middle Ages
Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe
Holy Anorexia
Women Mystics and Eucharistic Devotion in the Thirteenth Century
The Devil's World: Heresy and Society, 1100-1300
Popular Religion in the Late Middle Ages
Religious Life in Germany on the Eve of the Reformation
The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, ca. 1400-1580
Religion and the Decline of Magic
Women in the Late Medieval English Parish
The Magnificent Ride: The First Reformation in Hussite Bohemia
Index
About the Editor
About the Contributors

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