Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Handling Sin: Confession in the Middle Ages

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Handling Sin: Confession in the Middle Ages

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Handling Sin.- C0 ,ession in the Middle Ages, ed. Peter Biller and A. J. Minnis, York Studies in Medieval Theology z (York: York Medieval Press, 1998). x + 219 pp. ISBN 0-9529734-I-3.,(35.00. This interesting, learned, mildly centrifugal volume prints, together with some additional material, papers from a 1996 conference entitled 'Confession in Medieval Culture and Society' held at the University of York's Centre for Medieval Studies. Peter Biller's opening piece sets accounts of Rhineland confessions around i zoo in a broad context of the Church's discussion of and legislation on confession and its provision of instructional material for conducting it. Biller reflects on the dealings with gender and occupation in confessional works and also makes confession a tens through which to focus differences between the Catholic Church and Cathars and Waldensians. The essay includes a review of modern scholarship on medieval confession. Rob Meens discusses the frequency and nature of early medieval penance in the light of an examination of some too manuscripts (here catalogued) containing penitential material and suggests modifications to traditional and revisionist scholarly opinion. Alexander Murray argues that the 'secret dialectic of confession', the mind-tomind encounter between priest and lay, was highly potent in engendering change in medieval religion, perhaps having a role in generating Aristotelian modifications of scholastic ethics and Luther's detestation of 'works'. …

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