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Early Medieval Venice: Cultural Memory and History

Early Medieval Venice: Cultural Memory and History

1st Edition

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Luigi Andrea Berto
August 03, 2020

Early Medieval Venice examines the significant changes that Venice underwent between the late-sixth and the early-eleventh centuries. From the periphery of the Byzantine Empire, Venice acquired complete independence and emerged as the major power in the Adriatic Sea. It also avoided absorption by...

English Readers of Catholic Saints: The Printing History of William Caxton’s Golden Legend

English Readers of Catholic Saints: The Printing History of William Caxton’s Golden Legend

1st Edition

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Judy Ann Ford
May 21, 2020

In 1484, William Caxton, the first publisher of English-language books, issued The Golden Legend, a translation of the most well-known collection of saints’ lives in Europe. This study analyzes the moulding of the Legenda aurea into a book that powerfully attracted the English market. Modifications...

Rethinking Medieval Margins and Marginality

Rethinking Medieval Margins and Marginality

1st Edition

Ann E. Zimo, Tiffany D. Vann Sprecher, Kathryn Reyerson, Debra Blumenthal
March 17, 2020

Marginality assumes a variety of forms in current discussions of the Middle Ages. Modern scholars have considered a seemingly innumerable list of people to have been marginalized in the European Middle Ages: the poor, criminals, unorthodox religious, the disabled, the mentally ill, women, so-called...

Warfare and the Making of Early Medieval Italy (568–652)

Warfare and the Making of Early Medieval Italy (568–652)

1st Edition

Eduardo Fabbro
March 03, 2020

Devastated by two decades of war and ravaged by the spread of the plague, large parts of Italy fell quickly into the hands of a group known to history as the Lombards. By the early 570s the Lombards were firmly established in Italy, which they ruled without ever fully unifying it. The events of the...

Ancestor Worship and the Elite in Late Iron Age Scandinavia: A Grave Matter

Ancestor Worship and the Elite in Late Iron Age Scandinavia: A Grave Matter

1st Edition

Triin Laidoner
February 05, 2020

Ancestor worship is often assumed by contemporary European audiences to be an outdated and primitive tradition with little relevance to our societies, past and present. This book questions that assumption and seeks to determine whether ancestor ideology was an integral part of religion in Viking...

Supernatural Encounters: Demons and the Restless Dead in Medieval England, c.1050–1450

Supernatural Encounters: Demons and the Restless Dead in Medieval England, c.1050–1450

1st Edition

Stephen Gordon
December 10, 2019

The belief in the reality of demons and the restless dead formed a central facet of the medieval worldview. Whether a pestilent-spreading corpse mobilised by the devil, a purgatorial spirit returning to earth to ask for suffrage, or a shape-shifting demon intent on crushing its victims as they...

Margaret's Monsters: Women, Identity, and the Life of St. Margaret in Medieval England

Margaret's Monsters: Women, Identity, and the Life of St. Margaret in Medieval England

1st Edition

Michael E. Heyes
December 10, 2019

St. Margaret of Antioch was one of the most popular saints in medieval England and, throughout the Middle Ages, the various Lives of St. Margaret functioned as a blueprint for a virginal life and supernatural assistance to pregnant women during the dangerous process of labor. In her narrative,...

Christians and Muslims in Early Medieval Italy: Perceptions, Encounters, and Clashes

Christians and Muslims in Early Medieval Italy: Perceptions, Encounters, and Clashes

1st Edition

Luigi Andrea Berto
December 03, 2019

In the early Middle Ages, Italy became the target of Muslim expansionist campaigns. The Muslims conquered Sicily, ruling there for more than two centuries, and conducted many raids against the Italian Peninsula. During this period, however, Christians and Muslims were not always at war – trade...

Travel, Pilgrimage and Social Interaction from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Travel, Pilgrimage and Social Interaction from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

1st Edition

Jenni Kuuliala, Jussi Rantala
October 28, 2019

Mobility and travel have always been key characteristics of human societies, having various cultural, social and religious aims and purposes. Travels shaped religions and societies and were a way for people to understand themselves, this world and the transcendent. This book analyses travelling in...

The Death Penalty in Late-Medieval Catalonia: Evidence and Significations

The Death Penalty in Late-Medieval Catalonia: Evidence and Significations

1st Edition

Flocel Sabaté
September 25, 2019

The death penalty was unusual in medieval Europe until the twelfth century. From that moment on, it became a key instrument of rule in European society, and we can study it in the case of Catalonia through its rich and varied unpublished documentation. The death penalty was justified by Roman Law;...

The Sense of Smell in the Middle Ages: A Source of Certainty

The Sense of Smell in the Middle Ages: A Source of Certainty

1st Edition

Katelynn Robinson
August 29, 2019

Odors, including those of incense, spices, cooking, and refuse, were both ubiquitous and meaningful in central and late medieval Western Europe. The significance of the sense of smell is evident in scholastic Latin texts, most of which are untranslated and unedited by modern scholars. Between the...

Church, Society and University: The Paris Condemnation of 1241/4

Church, Society and University: The Paris Condemnation of 1241/4

1st Edition

Deborah Grice
August 08, 2019

In 1241/4 the theology masters at the university at Paris with their chancellor, Odo of Chateauroux, mandated by their bishop, William of Auvergne, met to condemn ten propositions against theological truth. This book represents the first comprehensive examination of what hitherto has been a largely...

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