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The study of heresy and heterodoxy and of belief in magic, witchcraft and the devil has in the past 25 years made significant advances in our understanding of art and iconography, ideas, mentality and belief, and ordinary life and popular imagination in the patristic and medieval periods. At the forefront of research into this aspect of medieval intellectual history has been Jeffrey B. Russell, whose numerous books and articles have opened important new paths in the field. To mark his retirement 17 established and emerging scholars from Europe and North America - historians of art, the church, religions, and ideas - have contributed papers on the many areas which Russell has influenced. Topics dealt with include elves, the Christians apocrypha, mysticism, sexuality, heresies and heresiologies, apocalyptic tracts, astrology, hell, and other Christian encounters with non-believers.
These essays are offered as tribute to the deep impact that Russel has had on medieval studies.
Contributors include: Alan Bernstein, Richard Emmerson, Alberto Ferreiro, Neil Forsyth, Abraham Friessen, Karen Jolly, Henry Ansgar Kelly, Richard Kieckhefer, Beverly M. Kienzle, Garry Macy, Bernard McGinn, Edward Peters, Cheryl Rigs, Larry J. Simon, Laura Smoller, Catherine B. Tkacz, and John Tolan.
Preface List of Contributors
Hospitals and Poor Relief in Ramon Llull’s Majorca, Larry J. Simon
Elves in the Psalms? The Experience of Evil from a Cosmic Perspective, Karen Louise Jolly
“Simon Magus, Dogs and Simon Peter”, Alberto Ferreiro
Avenging the Blood of Children: Anxiety over Child Victims and the Origins of the European Witch Trials, Richard Kieckhefer
Teaching and Preaching Confession in Thirteenth-Century Paris, Alan E. Bernstein
Destruction of the Flesh - Salvation of the Spirit: The Paradoxes of Torture in Medieval Christian Society, Edward Peters
Prophecy and Order: Mysticism and Medieval Cosmologies in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries, Cheryl A. Riggs
Medieval Heretics or Forerunners of the Reformation: The Protestant Rewriting of the History of Medieval Heresy, Abraham Friesen
Cosmic and Sexual Love in Renaissance Thought: Reflectioins on Marsilio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and Leone Ebreo, Bernard McGinn
The Alfonsine Tables and the End of the World: Astrology and Apocalyptic Calculation in the Later Middle Ages, Laura Smoller
Satan: Making a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven, Neil Forsyth
Holiness and Obedience: Denouncement of Twelfth-Century Waldensian Lay Preaching, Beverly Mayne Kienzle
Lollard Inquisitions: Due and Undue Process, Henry Ansgar Kelly
"Englysch Laten" and "Franch": Language as Sign of Evil in Medieval English Drama, Richard K. Emmerson
Heaven and Fallen Angels in Old English, Catherine Brown Tkacz
Peter the Venerable on the "Diabolical Heresy of the Saracens", John Tolan
Nicolas Eymeric and the Condemnation of Orthodoxy, Garry Macy