Christendom and its Discontents: Exclusion, Persecution, and Rebellion, 1000-1500 / Edition 1

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Though united nominally by the Church of Rome, medieval Europe was in fact a diverse society, in terms of belief and social practices. This diversity led to controversy and upheaval in the centuries after 1000, as religious authorities demanded greater uniformity and obedience. This book of essays by leading scholars is about the sources of dissent and diversity in medieval society and the Church's attempt to repress dissent and enforce conformity to its beliefs between the years 1000 and 1500. No book has hitherto attempted so broad an approach to the issue of discontent in medieval Europe.

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"...well-informed account of the struggle over the definition of the boundaries of tradition in high medieval theology." Glenn W. Olsen, The Catholic Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521525091
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/18/2002
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. Heterodoxy, Dissemination, and Repression: 1. Heresy, repression, and social change in the age of Gregorian reform R. I. Moore; 2. Overcoming reluctance to prosecute heresy in thirteenth-century Italy Peter Diehl; 3. Social stress, social strain, and the inquisitors of medieval Languedoc James Given; 4. The schools and the Waldensians: a new work by Durand of Huesca Mary A. Rouse and Richard H. Rouse; 5. The reception of Arnau de Vilanova's religious ideas Clifford R. Backman; 6. 'Springing cockel in our clene corn': Lollard preaching in England about 1400 Anne Hudson; Part II. Women's Religious Aspirations: 7. Repression or collaboration? the case of Elisabeth and Ekbert of Schönau Anne L. Clark; 8. Prophetic patronage as repression: Lucia Brocadelli da Narni and Ercole d'Este E. Ann Matter; 9. Scandala: controversies concerning clausura and women's religious communities in late medieval Sicily Katherine Gill; Part III. Non-Christian Minorities within Medieval Christendom: 10. The conversion of Minorcan Jews (417–418): an experiment in the history of historiography Carlo Ginzburg; 11. The deteriorating image of the Jews – twelfth and thirteenth centuries Robert Chazan; 12. Monarchs and minorities in the Christian western Mediterranean about 1300: Lucera and its analogues David Abulafia; 13. Muslim Spain and Mediterranean slavery: the medieval slave trade as an aspect of Muslim-Christian relations Olivia Remie Constable; Part IV. Christendom and its Discontents: Rethinking the Boundaries: 14. The tortures of the Body of Christ Gavin I. Langmuir; 15. The holy and the unholy: sainthood, witchcraft, and magic in late medieval Europe Richard Kieckhefer; 16. Transgressing the limits set by the Fathers: authority and impious exegesis in medieval thought Edward M. Peters; Index.

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