Handling Sin: Confession in the Middle Ages available in Hardcover
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- Boydell & Brewer, Limited
The issue of confession in the Middle Ages is a fascinating one, and the essays collected in this volume treat a variety of different aspects of the topic. Subjects include the frequency and character of early medieval penance; the summae and manuals for confessors, and the ways in which these texts, written for males by males, constructed women as sexual in nature; William of Auvergne's remarkable writing on penance; and the importance of confessors' manuals for demographic history. The volume is concluded with the 1996 Quodlibet lecture, delivered by John Baldwin, tracing the appearance in French romances of the themes of a penitent's spiritual medicine of conseil and penitence.
Table of Contents'Medieval Confession' and &'grave;Confessors' manuals and the avoiding of offspring'. - Peter Bille&rgrave;The Frequency and Nature of early medieval Penance'. - Rob Meen&sgrave;Counselling in Medieval Confession'. - Alexander Murra&ygrave;Gendered Souls in Sexed Bodies: the Male Construction of Sexuality in Some Medieval Confessors' Manuals'. - Jacqueline Murra&ygrave;William of Auvergne and Confession'. - Lesley Smit&hgrave;Confession, Social Ethics and Social Discipline in the 'Memoriale Presbiterorum'' and 'The Interrogatories for Officials, Lawyers and Secular Estates of the 'Memoriale Presbiterorum''.and Secular Estates of the 'Memoriale Presbiterorum''. - Michael Hare&ngrave;The 1996 York Quodlibet Lecture, 'From the Ordeal to Confession: In Search of Lay Religion in Early Thirteenth Century France''. - John Baldwin