Academic journal article Medium Aevum

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

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

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

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Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of John Van Engen, ed. David C. Mengel and Lisa Wolverton (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015). xiv + 522 pp. ISBN 978-0-268-03533-4. $68.00. John Van Engen, a leading church historian with an international reputation, has recently attracted attention (again) through his monograph Sisters and Brother of the Common Life (2008). This collection of essays dedicated to him spreads out a broad canvas, indeed a canvas very much broader than the Devotio moderna, with subject headings 'Christianization', 'Twelfth-century culture', 'Jewish and Christian society', and 'Late medieval religious life'. The contributions by senior and more junior colleagues cover most of western Europe from the Languedoc to Bavaria, Castile to Prague and Tuscany, and touch on a wide range of topics, many of them engaging with religious social history (like Ruth Mazo Karras's very readable essay on medieval marriage). …

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