Religion and Devotion in Europe, c.1215- c.1515 / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This is the first one-volume survey in English of religion and devotion in Europe between 1215 and 1515. Intended primarily as a student textbook, it provides essential background for a proper appreciation of medieval Western society. Avoiding the history of institutional structures, the book concentrates on the spirituality that the medieval Church sought to promulgate and control. Its thematic structure provides accessible surveys of major themes, and addresses recent debates about key aspects of medieval Catholicism.
Table of ContentsPreface; List of illustrations; 1. Introduction; 2. The faith and its demands; 3. Access to the faith; 4. Religious life; 5. Devotion; 6. The pilgrimage of life and death; 7. Priests, people, and power; 8. Inclusion and exclusion; 9. The reality of religion; Bibliography; Index.