Medieval Christianity in Practice

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Overview

"This unique book re-creates the practical and imaginative experiences of medieval parishioners, from cradle to grave. This is of compelling interest to historians, religious specialists, and students of literature, for we see here multifarious attempts to reach ordinary people through their own language. We also see the church at work all across Europe, celebrating its saints, discouraging dissidence, and providing for those who would live perfectly. Highly recommended."—David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania

"This book offers a unique presentation of the actual practices of medieval Christianity. It will greatly interest medieval religion scholars and serve as a marvelous supplement for courses on the Middle Ages or medieval religion. General readers will find the documents and scholarly discussions fascinating glimpses into the everyday workings of the period."—Steven Fanning, University of Illinois, Chicago

"The variety of informative texts and the expertise of the people commenting on them give this stimulating anthology great authority. There is no rival collection that gathers so many experts on medieval religion in one place."—John Shinners, Saint Mary's College

"The organization of this collection and the underlying approach are innovative and judicious. This book provides an insightful and interconnected vision of medieval religious practices."—Teofilo F. Ruiz, University of California, Los Angeles

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net Reviews
[T]his volume lends itself to use in undergraduate courses that deal with medieval religious practice, including western civilization and medieval surveys, as well as religious studies courses. Graduate students also will gain insights into the range of sources that can be deployed for the investigation of religious practice in medieval Europe.
— David Stewart Bachrach
Catholic Historical Review
[This book] may be especially useful in graduate seminars or as an aid to graduate training where the emphasis on manuscript sources may enrich the experience of students. . . . [I]n consideration of the fine group of contributors, it deserves serious consideration.
— James M. Powell
Christianity and Literature
Whether the reader is a long-term student of the Middle Ages or a novice in the field, he or she will find this a unique and informative book, one which stimulates the mind and the imagination with the complexity and richness of medieval religious practice.
— Sarah Adams
International Review of Biblical Studies
A very useful scholarly resource.
Worship
This book is a valuable collection of small studies. It is well-prepared and well-edited, designed for use in courses or seminars. It is full of anecdotes, rituals, and insights that are interesting in themselves and that cumulatively give a sense of the variety and richness of medieval Christian life.
— Michael G. Witczak
Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture
The volume provides an excellent introduction to the wide variety of Western medieval religious practice.
— Margaret Cormack
Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture

The volume provides an excellent introduction to the wide variety of Western medieval religious practice.
— Margaret Cormack
H-Net Reviews - David Stewart Bachrach
[T]his volume lends itself to use in undergraduate courses that deal with medieval religious practice, including western civilization and medieval surveys, as well as religious studies courses. Graduate students also will gain insights into the range of sources that can be deployed for the investigation of religious practice in medieval Europe.
Catholic Historical Review - James M. Powell
[This book] may be especially useful in graduate seminars or as an aid to graduate training where the emphasis on manuscript sources may enrich the experience of students. . . . [I]n consideration of the fine group of contributors, it deserves serious consideration.
Christianity and Literature - Sarah Adams
Whether the reader is a long-term student of the Middle Ages or a novice in the field, he or she will find this a unique and informative book, one which stimulates the mind and the imagination with the complexity and richness of medieval religious practice.
Worship - Michael G. Witczak
This book is a valuable collection of small studies. It is well-prepared and well-edited, designed for use in courses or seminars. It is full of anecdotes, rituals, and insights that are interesting in themselves and that cumulatively give a sense of the variety and richness of medieval Christian life.
Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture - Margaret Cormack
The volume provides an excellent introduction to the wide variety of Western medieval religious practice.
From the Publisher
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2010

"Editor Rubin and contributors offer a richly textured presentation of the practice of medieval Christianity from about 600 to 1500 CE. Each of the 42 sections comprises excerpts from medieval texts, selected, translated, and commented upon by specialists in the field."—Choice

"[T]his volume lends itself to use in undergraduate courses that deal with medieval religious practice, including western civilization and medieval surveys, as well as religious studies courses. Graduate students also will gain insights into the range of sources that can be deployed for the investigation of religious practice in medieval Europe."—David Stewart Bachrach, H-Net Reviews

"[This book] may be especially useful in graduate seminars or as an aid to graduate training where the emphasis on manuscript sources may enrich the experience of students. . . . [I]n consideration of the fine group of contributors, it deserves serious consideration."—James M. Powell, Catholic Historical Review

"Whether the reader is a long-term student of the Middle Ages or a novice in the field, he or she will find this a unique and informative book, one which stimulates the mind and the imagination with the complexity and richness of medieval religious practice."—Sarah Adams, Christianity and Literature

"This book is a valuable collection of small studies. It is well-prepared and well-edited, designed for use in courses or seminars. It is full of anecdotes, rituals, and insights that are interesting in themselves and that cumulatively give a sense of the variety and richness of medieval Christian life."—Michael G. Witczak, Worship

"A very useful scholarly resource."—International Review of Biblical Studies

"The volume provides an excellent introduction to the wide variety of Western medieval religious practice."—Margaret Cormack, Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture

Choice
Editor Rubin and contributors offer a richly textured presentation of the practice of medieval Christianity from about 600 to 1500 CE. Each of the 42 sections comprises excerpts from medieval texts, selected, translated, and commented upon by specialists in the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691090597
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/2009
  • 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)

Meet the Author


"Miri Rubin is professor of medieval and early modern history at Queen Mary, University of London. Her books include "Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary, The Hollow Crown: A History of Britain in the Late Middle Ages", and "Corpus Christi: The Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture".
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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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