Belief and Culture in the Middle Ages: Studies Presented to Henry Mayr-Harting

Hardcover | April 1, 2001

EditorRichard Gameson, Henrietta Leyser

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Are there angels within spitting distance of men? What did Pope Gregory the Great think of pagans? Were the monks of Battle compulsive forgers? Is temptation always a bad thing? These and many other fascinating questions are explored in this book.Commisssioned in honour of the distinguished medieval historian, Henry Mayr-Harting and reflecting the range and focus of its honorand's interests, the twenty-five essays provide a panoramic and stimulating exploration of the interrelated fields of belief and culture in the middle ages. Sanctityand sacred biography, seduction and temptation, forgery and litigation, patronage and art production, conversion and oppression were all part of the rich fabric of medieval Christian culture that is scrutinized here. Individually the studies shed new light on a series of key issues and questionsrelating to the cultural, religious, and political history of the sixth-century church, of Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, and of Carolingian, Ottonian, and Investiture Contest Europe; while collectively they illuminate the interaction of Christianity and politics, of secular and sacred, and ofbelief and culture from late antiquity to the thirteenth century.

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Are there angels within spitting distance of men? What did Pope Gregory the Great think of pagans? Were the monks of Battle compulsive forgers? Is temptation always a bad thing? These and many other fascinating questions are explored in this book.Commisssioned in honour of the distinguished medieval historian, Henry Mayr-Harting and re...

Richard Gameson is a Reader in Medieval History at University of Kent, Canterbury. Henrietta Leyser is a Fellow and Lecturer in Medieval History at St Peter's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:386 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Christopher Brooke: Henry Mayr-Harting at LiverpoolLawrence Goldman: Teaching with Henry Mayr-HartingPrincipal Publications of Henry Mayr-Harting to 20001. Conrad Leyser: Angels, Monks, and Demons in the Early Medieval West2. R. A. Markus: Gregory the Great's Pagans3. David Ganz: The Annotations in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Auct. D. II. 144. Richard Gameson: Why Did Eadfrith Write the Lindisfarne Gospels?5. Veronica Ortenberg: Virgin Queens: Abbesses and Power in Early Anglo-Saxon England6. Anton Scharer: Duke Tassilo of Bavaria and the Origins of the Rupertus Cross7. Janet L. Nelson: The Voice of Charlemagne8. Stuart Airlie: True Teachers and Pious Kings: Salzburg, Louis of Bavaria, and Christian Order9. Matthew Kempshall: No Bishop, No King: The Ministerial Ideology of Kingship and Asser's Res Gestae Aelfredi10. Patrick Wormald: The Strange Affair of the Selsey Bishopric, 953-96311. Eric John: The Church of Worcester and St Oswald12. Alison Peden: Unity, Order, and Ottonian Kingship in the Thought of Abbo of Fleury13. Martin Kauffmann: An Ottonian Sacramentary in Oxford14. Kathleen G. Cushing: Events that Led to Sainthood: Sanctity and Reformers in the Eleventh Century15. Timothy Reuter: Pastorale pedum ante pedes apostolici posuit: Disinvestiture and Reinvestiture in the Era of the Investiture Contest16. Brian Golding: The Religious Patronage of Robert and William of Mortain17. R. I. Moore: Ranulf Flambard and Christina of Markyate18. Susan J. Ridyard: Functions of a Twelfth-Century Recluse Revisited: The Case of Godric of Finchale19. Frances Ramsey: Robert of Lewes, Bishop of Bath 1136-1166: A Cluniac Bishop in his Diocese20. Nicholas Vincent: King Henry II and the Monks of Battle: The Battle Chronicle Unmasked21. D. J. A. Matthew: The Letter-Writing of Archbishop Becket22. Julian Haseldine: Thomas Becket: Martyr, Saint - and Friend?23. Henrietta Leyser: Two Concepts of Temptations24. Stella Panayotova: Peter of Poitiers's Compendium in Genealogia Christi: The Early English Copies25. Valerie I. J. Flint: The Saint and the Operation of the Law: Reflections upon the Miracles of St Thomas CantilupeIndex of ManuscriptsGeneral Index

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`Two articles particularly stand out for me. One is Valerie Flint's analysis of the miracles of St. Thomas Cantilupe ... This is a wonderfully thoughtful, clever and well-argued essay ... D. J. A. Matthew examines Thomas Becket's letters, in a bravura piece of writing and argument. Whatbegins in muted tones, and initially makes one suspect another piece of technical manuscript analysis, turns into a witty, deadpan and extremely clever reassessment of what was actually going on with Becket and Henry II ... All of the articles here are worth reading, though the utility of some willvary according to the reader's interests. Some, however - Flint's and Matthew's in particular - make important contributions to much broader areas of debate.'John H. Arnold, Birkbeck College, Journal of the Society of Archivists