Ghosts in the Middle Ages: The Living and the Dead in Medieval Society / Edition 2

Ghosts in the Middle Ages: The Living and the Dead in Medieval Society / Edition 2

by Jean-Claude Schmitt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226738884

ISBN-13: 9780226738888

Pub. Date: 12/01/1999

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Using many different medieval texts, Schmitt examines medieval religious culture and the significance of the widespread belief in ghosts, asking who returned, to whom, from where, in what form, and why. Through this vivid study, we can see the ways in which the dead and the living related to each other. Schmitt focuses on everyday ghosts - recently departed ordinary…  See more details below

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Using many different medieval texts, Schmitt examines medieval religious culture and the significance of the widespread belief in ghosts, asking who returned, to whom, from where, in what form, and why. Through this vivid study, we can see the ways in which the dead and the living related to each other. Schmitt focuses on everyday ghosts - recently departed ordinary people who were a part of the complex social world of the living. Schmitt argues that beliefs and the imaginary depend above all on the structures and functioning of society and culture, and he shows how the Christian culture of the Middle Ages enlarged the notion of ghosts and created many opportunities for the dead to appear. Schmitt also points out that the church happily proliferated ghost stories as a way to promote the liturgy of the dead, to develop pious sentiments among parishioners, and to solicit alms on behalf of a relative or friend's salvation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226738888
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
1,071,745
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Author's Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Rejection of Ghosts11
Ch. 2Dreaming of the Dead35
Ch. 3The Invasion of Ghosts59
Ch. 4The Marvelous Dead79
Ch. 5Hellequin's Hunt93
Ch. 6The Imaginary Tamed?123
Ch. 7The Dead and Power149
Ch. 8Time, Space, and Society171
Ch. 9Describing Ghosts195
Conclusion221
Notes229
Index277

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