Medieval Christianity in Practice

Medieval Christianity in Practice

by Miri Rubin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691090599

ISBN-13: 9780691090597

Pub. Date: 07/27/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Medieval Christianity in Practice provides readers with a sweeping look at the religious practices of the European Middle Ages. Comprising forty-two selections from primary source materials—each translated with an introduction and commentary by a specialist in the field—the collection illustrates the religious cycles, rituals, and experiences that

Overview

Medieval Christianity in Practice provides readers with a sweeping look at the religious practices of the European Middle Ages. Comprising forty-two selections from primary source materials—each translated with an introduction and commentary by a specialist in the field—the collection illustrates the religious cycles, rituals, and experiences that gave meaning to medieval Christian individuals and communities.

This volume of Princeton Readings in Religions assembles sources reflecting different genres, regions, and styles, including prayer books, chronicles, diaries, liturgical books, sermons, hagiography, and handbooks for the laity and clergy. The texts represent the practices through which Christians conducted their individual, family, and community lives, and explores such life-cycle events as birth, confirmation, marriage, sickness, death, and burial. The texts also document religious practices related to themes of work, parish life, and devotions, as well as power and authority. Enriched by expert analysis and suggestions for further reading, Medieval Christianity in Practice gives students and general readers alike the necessary background and foundations for an appreciation of the creativity and multiplicity of medieval Christian religious culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691090597
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/27/2009
Series:
Princeton Readings in Religions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Princeton Readings in Religions v
Contributors xi
Introduction by Miri Rubin 1

THE LIFE CYCLE: BAPTISM
Chapter 1. Baptismal Practice in Germany by Peter Cramer 7
Chapter 2. Cathars and Baptism by Shulamith Shahar 14
The Life Cycle: Confirmation and Coming of Age
Chapter 3. The Early Medieval Barbatoria by Yitzhak Hen 21
The Life Cycle: Instruction
Chapter 4. Lollard Instruction by Rita Copeland 27
The Life Cycle: Marriage and Its Unmaking
Chapter 5. Florentine Marriage in the Fifteenth Century by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber 35
Chapter 6. Annulment of Henry III's "Marriage" to Joan of Ponthieu Confirmed by Innocent IV on 20 May 1254 by David d'Avray 42
The Life Cycle: Death and Burial
Chapter 7. Agius of Corvey's Account of the Death of Hathumoda, First Abbess of Gandersheim, in 874 by Frederick S. Paxton 53
Chapter 8. A Royal Funeral of 1498 by Alain Boureau 59
WORK AND TRAVEL
Chapter 9. Charms to Ward off Sheep and Pig Murrain by William C. Jordan 67
Chapter 10. Fishermen and Mariners by Harold S. Fox 76
Chapter 11. Storms at Sea on a Voyage between Rhodes and Venice, November 1470 by Olivia Remie Constable 81
Chapter 12. Rules and Ritual on the Second Crusade Campaign to Lisbon, 1147 by Susanna A. Throop 86

CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND DAILY LIFE: CONSECRATION
Chapter 13. The Consecration of Church Space by Dominique Iogna-Prat 95

CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND DAILY LIFE: PASTORAL CARE
Chapter 14. Fourteenth-Century Instructions for Bedside Pastoral Care by Joseph Ziegler 103
Chapter 15. How to Behave in Church and How to Become a Priest by Daniel Bornstein 109
Chapter 16. A Sermon on the Virtues of the Contemplative Life by Katherine L. Jansen 117
Chapter 17. Preaching and Pastoral Care of a Devout Woman (deo devota) in Fifteenth-Century Basel by Hans-Jochen Schiewer 126

CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND DAILY LIFE: CONFESSION AND PENANCE
Chapter 18. Doing Penance by Sarah Hamilton 135
Chapter 19. A Penitential Diet by Rob Meens 144
Chapter 20. A Layman's Penance by Joseph Goering 151

CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND DAILY LIFE: PRAYER
Chapter 21. Prayers by Virginia Reinburg 159
Chapter 22. Two Healing Prayers by Eamon Duffy 164

CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND DAILY LIFE: DEVOTIONAL BEHAVIOR
Chapter 23. Images in the World: Reading the Crucifixion by Sara Lipton 173

HEALING
Chapter 24. The Old English Nine Herbs Charm by Debby Banham 189
Chapter 25. Amulets and Charms Peter Murray Jones 194

CHARITY
Chapter 26. A Deaf-Mute's Story Sharon Farmer 203
Chapter 27. Bequests for the Poor Brigitte Resl 209

THE CULT OF SAINTS AND PILGRIMAGE
Chapter 28. Translation of the Body of St. Junianus by Thomas Head 217
Chapter 29. Pilgrimage and Spiritual Healing in the Ninth Century by Julia M. H. Smith 222

IN PURSUIT OF PERFECTION: IN THE WORLD
Chapter 30. Interrogation of Waldensians by Peter Biller 231
Chapter 31. The Lives of the Beghards by Walter Simons 238
Chapter 32. The Renovation of the Chapel in the Beguinage of Lille by Penny Galloway 246
Chapter 33. The Practices of Devotio moderna by John Van Engen 256

IN PURSUIT OF PERFECTION: PROPHECY, REVELATION, AND ECSTATIC STATES
Chapter 34. The Possession of Blessed Jordan of Saxony by Aviad M. Kleinberg 265
Chapter 35. On the Stigmatization of Saint Margaret of Hungary by Gábor Klaniczay 274
Chapter 36. Eschatological Prophecy: "Woe to the World in One Hundred Years" by Robert E. Lerner 285
Chapter 37. Raymond de Sabanac, Preface to Constance de Rabastens, The Revelations by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski 290

IN PURSUIT OF PERFECTION: AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
Chapter 38. The Life of the Hermit Stephen of Obazine by György Geréby and Piroska Nagy 299
Chapter 39. Creating an Anchorhold Alexandra Barratt 311
Chapter 40. The Ritual for the Ordination of Nuns by Nancy Bradley Warren 318

RITUALS OF POWER
Chapter 41. An Anglo-Saxon Queen's Consecration by Janet L. Nelson 327
Chapter 42. Mass at the Election of the Mayor of London, 1406 by Caroline Barron 333
Index 339

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