Academic journal article Magistra

Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays to Honor John Van Engen

Academic journal article Magistra

Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays to Honor John Van Engen

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Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays to Honor John Van Engen, edited by David C. Mengel & Lisa Wolverton. South Bend, University of Notre Dame Press, 2015. 552 pp., $68, ISBN 978-0-268-03533-4.

I would expect a majority of readers of Magistra are aware of the outstanding work of medievalist John van Engen with his distinguished career at the University of Notre Dame. These essays in his honor craft a thread from each contributor's work to the groundbreaking work of van Engen, who did not shy away from re-examining the history and understanding of women, acknowledging when women's history had been marginalized or misrepresented.

These essays are grouped around "Christianization," "Twelfth-Century Culture," "Jews and Christian Society," and "Late Medieval Religious Life," examining a broad spectrum of Christianity, including alleged heresy and medieval Christianity's relationship with Judaism. …

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