Why the Middle Ages Matter Medieval Light on Modern Injustice
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Description: 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
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 9/14/2011
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Simon R. Doubleday is Associate Professor of History, Hofstra University.
|List of contributors|
|A note to readers|
|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|