This volume celebrates the remarkable scholarly career of medieval historian John Van Engen with eighteen exceptional essays contributed by Van Engen’s colleagues and former doctoral students, a group that includes some of the best established scholars of the Middle Ages as well as leading younger ones. Together, their work reflects the wide-ranging but coherent body of John Van Engen’s own scholarship.
In a section on Christianization, Ruth Mazo Karras explores medieval marriage, Lisa Wolverton offers a new model of the Christianization of Bohemia, R. I. Moore examines the historiography of the Cathars, and Christine Caldwell Ames links the inquisition with medieval and modern concepts of popular religion. Under the rubric of twelfth-century culture, Maureen C. Miller uses eleventh-century Roman frescoes to rethink reform, Jonathan R. Lyon unpacks Otto of Freising’s notions of advocacy and tyranny, Rachel Koopmans traces testimonial letters associated with the cult of Thomas Becket, Dyan Elliot deliberates on the importance of what she calls counterfactual, or alternative, realities in twelfth-century thought and literature, and Giles Constable traces manifestations of the cross in monastic life.
Three essays study Jews and Christians in society. Susan Einbinder probes the connections between martyrdom, politics, and poetry in thirteenth-century Castile, William Chester Jordan traces anti-Judaism in the Christina Psalter, and David C. Mengel highlights the significance of urban space for Jews in fourteenth-century Prague and Nuremberg. Lastly, contributors explore topics in late medieval religious life, a special focus of Van Engen’s scholarship. Walter Simons edits and analyzes a letter defending beguines in the Low Countries, William J. Courtenay traces the effects on pastoral care of papal provisions to university scholars, and James D. Mixson reinterprets the fifteenth-century treatise Firefly. An essay by Marcela K. Perett looks at vernacular anti-Hussite treatises, Daniel Hobbins employs a fifteenth-century Italian story about Antichrist to consider hearsay, belief and doubt, and Roy Hammerling contemplates Martin Luther’s understanding of himself as a beggar.
"Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays to Honor John Van Engen is a thrilling collection, both wide-ranging and informative. The contributions are well-structured, well-argued, and comprehensive in bibliography and source materialsa welcome volume to celebrate the work of John Van Engen." Anthony Lappin, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
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About the Author
David C. Mengel is an associate professor of history at Xavier University.
Lisa Wolverton is an associate professor of history at the University of Oregon.
Contributors: Christine Caldwell Ames, Giles Constable, William J. Courtenay, Susan Einbinder, Dyan Elliott, Roy Hammerling, Daniel Hobbins, William Chester Jordan, Ruth Mazo Karras, Rachel Koopmans, Jonathan R. Lyon, David C. Mengel, Maureen C. Miller, James D. Mixson, R. I. Moore, Marcela K. Perett, Walter Simons, Lisa Wolverton
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Maps ix
1 The Christianization of Medieval Marriage Ruth Mazo Karras 3
2 The Christianization of Bohemia: Revising the Narratives Lisa Wolverton 25
3 The Cather Middle Ages as an Historiographical Problem R. I. Moore 58
4 Authentic, True, and Right: Inquisition and the Study of Medieval Popular Religion Christine Caldwell Ames 87
5 Reconsidering Reform: A Roman Example Maureen C. Miller 123
6 Otto of Freising's Tyrants: Church Advocates and Noble Lordship in the Long Twelfth Century Fonathan R. Lyon 141
7 Testimonial Letters in the Late Twelfth-Century Collections of Thomas Becket's Miracles Rachel Koopmans 168
8 The Counterfactual Twelfth Century Dyan Elliott 202
9 The Cross in Medieval Monastic Life Giles Constable 236
Jews and Christian Society
10 A Death in Wisdom's Court: Poetry and Martyrdom in Thirteenth-Century Castile Susan Eimbinder 253
Appendix: Cantiga 348; Time's Impartial Decree 272
11 Anti-Judaism in the Christina Psalter William Chester Fordan 280
12 Emperor Charles IV, Jews, and Urban Space David C. Mengel 294
Late Medieval Religious Life
13 In Praise of Faithful Woman: Count Robert of Flanders's Defense of Beguines against the Clementine Decree. Cum de quibusdam mulieribus (ca. 1318-1320) Walter Simons 331
Appendix: Count Robert's Petition to Pope John XXII 353
14 The Effect of Papal Provisions to Oxford and Paris Scholars on the Pastorate and Care of Souls William F. Courtenay 358
15 Giovanni Dominici's Firefly Reconsidered Fames D. Mixson 387
16 John Príbram and His Vernacular Treatises: Equipping the Laity in Battle against Hussite Radicals Marcela K. Perett 419
17 Hearsay, Belief, and Doubt: The Arrival of Antichrist in Fifteenth-Century Italy Daniel Hobbins 436
Appendix: A Medieval Antichrist Story 468
18 Martin Luther: The Reformed Augustinian Beggar Roy Hammerling 474
Publications of John Van Engen 501