Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Last Things: Death and the Apocalypse in the Middle Ages

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Last Things: Death and the Apocalypse in the Middle Ages

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Last Things: Death and the Apocalypse in the Middle Ages, ed. Caroline Walker Bynum and Paul Freedman (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000). 363 pp.; 17 figures. ISBN 0-8122-1702-0. $24.95/L18.50 (p/b). In addition to a substantial introduction by the editors, the volume consists of eleven essays grouped under three headings. `The significance of dying and the afterlife' contains articles by Carole Straw, on eschatology in the `church of the martyrs'; Peter Brown, on amnesty, penance, and the afterlife from late antiquity to the Middle Ages; Jacqueline E. Jung, on the murder and early cult of Archbishop Engelbert of Cologne; and Manuele Gragnolati, on Bonvesin de la Riva's understanding of the body and pain in his Book of the Three Scriptures. `Apocalyptic time' contains essays by Benjamin Hudson, on the eschatology of the early Gaelic Church; E. …

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