Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Religion: New Approaches

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Religion: New Approaches

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Medieval Religion: New Approaches, ed. Constance Huffman Berman, Rewriting Histories (New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2005). xxiv + 422 pp.; 19 figures. ISBN o415-31687-1. £19.99. A collection of essays representing 'the most influential and revisionist work to be done on religion in the Middle Ages in the last couple of decades'. The fifteen essays (published elsewhere and edited for this volume) span the topics of gender, Otherness', the body, and diversity of belief, from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries. The first section, on religious speculation and social thought, comprises essays by Caroline Walker Bynum on Jesus as mother and abbot as mother in twelfth-century Cistercian writing; Jonathan Riley-Smith on crusading as an act of love; and Giles Constable on the orders of society in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. A second section on reform and growth in the clerical hierarchy includes essays byjo Ann McNamara on Canossa and the ungendering of the public man; Dyan Klliott on clerical marriage and the Gregorian reform; Maureen C. …

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