The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity

Hardcover | September 21, 2014

EditorJohn H. Arnold

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The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity takes as its subject the beliefs, practices, and institutions of the Christian Church between 400 and 1500AD. It addresses topics ranging from early medieval monasticism to late medieval mysticism, from the material wealth of the Church to thespiritual exercises through which certain believers might attempt to improve their souls. Each chapter tells a story, but seeks also to ask how and why 'Christianity' took particular forms at particular moments in history, paying attention to both the spiritual and otherwordly aspects of religion,and the material and political contexts in which they were often embedded.This Handbook is a landmark academic collection that presents cutting-edge interpretive perspectives on medieval religion for a wide academic audience, drawing together thirty key scholars in the field from the United States, the UK, and Europe. Notably, the Handbook is arranged thematically, andfocusses on an analytical, rather than narrative, approach, seeking to demonstrate the variety, change, and complexity of religion throughout this long period, and the numerous different ways in which modern scholarship can approach it. While providing a very wide-ranging view of the subject, italso offers an important agenda for further study in the field.

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The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity takes as its subject the beliefs, practices, and institutions of the Christian Church between 400 and 1500AD. It addresses topics ranging from early medieval monasticism to late medieval mysticism, from the material wealth of the Church to thespiritual exercises through which certain believe...

John H. Arnold studied at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, and worked first at UEA and then at Birkbeck, University of London. He became Professor of Medieval History at Birkbeck in 2007. He is author of various books and articles on medieval history, and has published also on modern historiography and the history o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:640 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.03 inPublished:September 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Abbreviations and conventionsList of ContributorsIntroduction1. John H. Arnold: Introduction: A History of Medieval ChristianityMethods2. John H. Arnold: Histories and Historiographies of Medieval Christianity3. Simon Yarrow: Religion, Belief, and Society: Anthropological Approaches4. Beth Williamson: Material Culture and Medieval Christianity5. R. I. Moore: Medieval Christianity in a World Historical PerspectiveSpaces6. Amy Remensnyder: The Boundaries of Christendom and Islam: Iberia and the Latin Levant7. Sverre Bagge: Christianizing Kingdoms8. Wendy Davies: Monastic Landscapes and Society9. Nicholas Terpstra: Civic Religion10. Katherine L. French: Localized Faith: parochial and domestic spacesPractices11. Ian Forrest: Continuity and Change in the Institutional Church12. Marcus Bull: Pilgrimage13. Gabor Klaniczay: Using Saints: Intercession, Healing, Sanctity14. Eric Palazzo: Missarum sollemnia: Eucharistic Rituals in the Middle Ages15. Rob Meens: Penitential Varieties16. Robert L. A. Clark: Spiritual Exercises: The Making of Interior FaithIdeas17. Arnold Angenendt: Fear, Hope, Death, and Salvation18. Maureen C. Miller: Reform, Clerical Culture, and Politics19. Peter Biller: Intellectuals and the Masses: Oxen and she-asses in the medieval Church20. Laura A. Smoller: 'Popular' religious culture(s)21. Dorothea Weltecke: Doubts and the absence of faithIdentities22. Constance H. Berman: Medieval Monasticisms23. Rosalynn Voaden: Mysticism and the Body24. Sara Lipton: Christianity and Its Others: Jews, Muslims, and Pagans25. Grado Giovanni Merlo: Christian experiences of religious non-conformismPower26. George Dameron: The Church as Lord27. Geoffrey Koziol: Christianizing Political Discourses28. Janet L. Nelson: Religion in the age of Charlemagne29. Kathleen G. Cushing: Papal Authority and Its Limitations30. Sarah Hamilton: Bishops, Education and DisciplineConclusion31. R. Po-chia Hsia: Looking back from the ReformationIndex