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John Cassian and the Reading of Egyptian Monastic Culture

John Cassian and the Reading of Egyptian Monastic Culture

1st Edition

Steven D. Driver
May 13, 2016

This book examines the method of meditative reading encouraged by John Cassian (c. 360-435) in his ascetic writings, the bulk of which are fictive dialogues that purportedly record the instruction he had received from Egyptial Christian monks. This instruction was at its core an interactive...

Non-Native Sources for the Scandinavian Kings' Sagas

Non-Native Sources for the Scandinavian Kings' Sagas

1st Edition

Paul A. White
July 31, 2015

Traditional scholarship on the kings' sagas has tended to focus on the textual histories and interrelationships between the various twelfth- and thirteenth-century Scandinavian manuscripts. Thus previous scholars have striven to ascertain chronology, dating, and potential literary borrowings...

The Literal Sense and the Gospel of John in Late Medieval Commentary and Literature

The Literal Sense and the Gospel of John in Late Medieval Commentary and Literature

1st Edition

MArk Hazard
April 23, 2015

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Marriage Fictions in Old French Secular Narratives, 1170-1250: A Critical Re-evaluation of the Courtly Love Debate

Marriage Fictions in Old French Secular Narratives, 1170-1250: A Critical Re-evaluation of the Courtly Love Debate

1st Edition

Keith Nickolaus
February 27, 2015

Nickolaus provides the readers with a concise critical discussion of the "courtly love" debate, broad historical and comparative analysis, and a model that explains, at the level of plot, rhetoric, and ideology, the proper place of amorous motifs in the context of prevailing Christian doctrines and...

The Epistemology of the Monstrous in the Middle Ages

The Epistemology of the Monstrous in the Middle Ages

1st Edition

Lisa Verner
December 22, 2014

This book studies the phenomena of monsters and marvels from the time of Pliny the Elder through the 14th century....

The Preaching Fox: Elements of Festive Subversion in the Plays of the Wakefield Master

The Preaching Fox: Elements of Festive Subversion in the Plays of the Wakefield Master

1st Edition

Warren Edminster
December 22, 2014

First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Desiring Truth: The Process of Judgment in Fourteenth-Century Art and Literature

Desiring Truth: The Process of Judgment in Fourteenth-Century Art and Literature

1st Edition

Jeremy Lowe
December 22, 2014

First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

The Mystical Language of Sensation in the Later Middle Ages

The Mystical Language of Sensation in the Later Middle Ages

1st Edition

Gordon Rudy
September 11, 2014

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Where Troubadours were Bishops: The Occitania of Folc of Marseille (1150-1231)

Where Troubadours were Bishops: The Occitania of Folc of Marseille (1150-1231)

1st Edition

Nicole M. Schulman
September 11, 2014

Using one man as a lens, a man known variously as Folquet, Folques, Folco, and Folc, it will examine some of the important changes and developments of the period from a new, more human, perspective....

Conflict and Compromise in the Late Medieval Countryside: Lords and Peasants in Durham, 1349-1400

Conflict and Compromise in the Late Medieval Countryside: Lords and Peasants in Durham, 1349-1400

1st Edition

Peter L. Larson
August 12, 2014

Larson examines the changing relations between lords and peasants in post-Black Death Durham. This was a time period of upheaval and change, part of the transition from ‘medieval’ to ‘modern.’ Many historians have argued about the nature of this change and its causes, often putting forth a single...

Empowering Collaborations: Writing Partnerships between Religious Women and Scribes in the Middle Ages

Empowering Collaborations: Writing Partnerships between Religious Women and Scribes in the Middle Ages

1st Edition

Kimberley Benedict
July 17, 2014

This study examines partnerships between medieval women and scribes. Kimberly Benedict argues that medieval female visionaries often play prominent roles in collaboration while their male amanuenses serves as supports and foils....

Pestilence in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature

Pestilence in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature

1st Edition

Byron Lee Grigsby
June 09, 2014

Pestilence in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature examines three diseases--leprosy, bubonic plague, and syphilis--to show how doctors, priests, and literary authors from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance interpreted certain illnesses through a moral filter. Lacking knowledge about...

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