Download E-books Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages PDF

By Patrick J. Geary

To receive sacred relics, medieval priests plundered tombs, avaricious retailers raided church buildings, and relic-mongers scoured the Roman catacombs. In a revised variation of Furta Sacra, Patrick Geary considers the social and cultural context for those acts, asking how the relics have been perceived and why the thefts met with the approval of medieval Christians.

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Download E-books Time, Work and Culture in the Middle Ages PDF

By Jacques Le Goff

Jacques Le Goff is a fashionable determine within the culture of French medieval scholarship, profoundly motivated via the Annales university, particularly, Bloch, Febvre, and Braudel, and via the ethnographers and anthropologists Mauss, Dumézil, and Lévi-Strauss. In development his argument for "another center Ages" (un autre moyen âge), Le Goff records the emergence of the collective mentalité from many resources with scholarship either creative and exact.

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Download E-books Claustrophilia: The Erotics of Enclosure in Medieval Literature (New Middle Ages) PDF

By Cary Howie

If ours is a cultural second intensely interested by enclosed space--the compartments of our places of work, the confessionals of our church buildings, the bedrooms of fact tv, and all of the a variety of closets we pop out of and retreat into--our fascination isn't fullyyt new. This booklet argues that the non secular literature of the past due center a long time articulates with nice subtlety and vividness the level to which all being is to a point enclosed being. In different phrases, we're all within the closet, and that would be a great factor. via prolonged readings of English, French, and Italian writers of the 13th and fourteenth centuries, Claustrophilia exhibits that medieval enclosures really make room for wishes and groups poetics of natural openness could exclude. whilst God holds and confines, revelation is in the limits and never past them. as a result, this publication says, love your closet; it's only via what holds and defines us that we will be able to recognize and love the area.

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Download E-books A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom (Pivotal Moments in World History) PDF

By Mark Gregory Pegg

In January of 1208, a papal legate was once murdered at the banks of the Rhone in southern France. A livid Pope blameless III accused heretics of the crime and referred to as upon all Christians to exterminate heresy among the Garonne and Rhone rivers--a giant quarter referred to now as Languedoc--in an outstanding campaign. This such a lot holy warfare, the 1st during which Christians have been promised salvation for killing different Christians, lasted twenty bloody years--it used to be an extended savage conflict for the soul of Christendom.
In A such a lot Holy War, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this bad campaign, drawing partially on millions of tales accrued by way of inquisitors within the years 1235 to 1245. those bills of normal women and men, remembering what it was once prefer to pass though such brutal occasions, deliver the tale vividly to lifestyles. Pegg argues that generations of historians (and novelists) have misunderstood the campaign; they assumed it used to be a battle opposed to the Cathars, the main well-known heretics of the center a while. The Cathars, Pegg finds, by no means existed. He extra exhibits how a millennial fervor approximately "cleansing" the area of heresy, coupled with a terror that Christendom used to be being eaten clear of inside through heretics who regarded no assorted than different Christians, made the battles, sieges, and massacres of the campaign virtually apocalyptic of their merciless depth. In responding to this worry with a holy genocidal conflict, blameless III essentially replaced how Western civilization handled participants accused of corrupting society. This basic switch, Pegg argues, led on to the construction of the inquisition, the increase of an anti-Semitism devoted to the violent removing of Jews, or even the holy violence of the Reconquista in Spain and within the New international within the 15th century. All derive their divinely sanctioned slaughter from the Albigensian Crusade.
Haunting and immersive, A so much Holy War opens an incredible new viewpoint on a very pivotal second in global background, a primary and far-off foreshadowing of the genocide and holy violence within the smooth world.

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Download E-books The Medieval Chastity Belt: A Myth-Making Process (New Middle Ages) PDF

By Albrecht Classen

Conrad Kyeser used to be the 1st to offer a picture of a chastity belt in his illustrated ebook on conflict equipment, Bellifortis (1405), and a few 15th- and sixteenth-century poets and artists talked about this item in addition. but, there is not any enterprise facts that chastity belts have been ever utilized in truth. in contrast, sleek writers have frequently pointed out the chastity belt as an item hired basically within the heart a long time to be able to aid a hugely speculative standpoint of earlier practices, might be as a spurious legitimation for using chastity belts within the sleek intercourse undefined. Anthropologists, ethnologists, then additionally cultural historians, and feminist students have fortunately embraced the assumption of the chastity belt since it supplied them with an efficient battle-cry to malign the medieval international and to venture the advantages of the civilization procedure within the lives of contemporary ladies freed of being degrading by means of a chastity belt.

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Download E-books The New Cambridge Medieval History (Volume 1: c.500-c.700) PDF

The 1st quantity of the hot Cambridge Medieval background covers the transitional interval among the later Roman international and the early heart a while, c. 500 to c. seven-hundred. This was once an period of constructing realization and profound swap in Europe, Byzantium and the Arab international, an period within which the rules of medieval society have been laid and to which lots of our glossy myths of nationwide and non secular id could be traced. This booklet bargains a finished local survey of the 6th and 7th centuries, from eire within the west to the increase of Islam within the heart East, and from Scandinavia within the north to the Mediterranean south. It explores the major subject matters pinning jointly the historical past of this era, from kingship, exchange and the church, to paintings, structure and schooling. It represents either a useful conspectus of present scholarship and knowledgeable advent to the interval.

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Download E-books The History of England Volume 1: Foundation PDF

By Peter Ackroyd

Having written captivating biographies of London and of its nice river, the Thames, Peter Ackroyd now turns to England itself. this primary quantity of six takes us from the time that England was once first settled, greater than 15,000 years in the past, to the demise in 1509 of the 1st Tudor monarch, Henry VII. In it, Ackroyd takes us from Neolithic England, which we will in simple terms see within the so much tantalising glimpses -- a stirrup present in a grave, a few seeds on the backside of a bowl -- to the lengthy interval of Roman rule; from the darkish a long time while England was once invaded by way of a ceaseless tide of Angles, Saxons and Jutes, to the dual glories of medieval England -- its nice church buildings and monasteries and its universal legislation. together with his striking ability for evoking time and position, he tells the conventional tale of king succeeding king in wealthy prose, with profound perception and a few magnificent information. The foodstuff we ate, the garments we wore, the punishments we persevered, even the jokes we instructed are all came upon right here, too.

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Download E-books 1066: The Year of the Three Battles PDF

If ever there has been a 12 months of future for the British Isles, 1066 should have a powerful declare. King Harold confronted invasion not only from William and the Normans around the English Channel yet from the Dane, King Harald Hardrada. earlier than he confronted the Normans at Hastings in October, he had defeated the Danes at York and Stamford Bridge in September. during this beautifully researched examine, Frank McLynn overturns long-accepted myths, displaying how Williams victory on the conflict of Hastings was once no longer, actually, a sure bet, and arguing that Harald Hardrada was once truly the best warrior of the 3. it is a masterly learn, and divulges the reality to be extra fascinating than the myths surrounding this pivotal yr in background.

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Download E-books Terry Jones' Medieval Lives PDF

Famous for lampooning the medieval global in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Jones has a true ardour for and distinct wisdom of the center a while. In Terry Jones' Medieval Lives, his project is to rescue the center a while from moth-eaten cliches and well-worn platitudes. in the back of the stereotypes of "damsels in misery" and "knights in shining armor," there are splendidly human tales that carry the interval to lifestyles. Terry will begin with the medieval archetypes—the Knight, Peasant, Damsel, Monk, Outlaw, King, service provider, and Physician—and during unravelling their position and serve as will introduce a host of colourful real-life characters, recreating their international by way of traveling key locations.

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