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AfterlivesThe Return of the Dead in the Middle Ages

Afterlives: The Return of the Dead in the Middle Ages

Nancy Mandeville Caciola

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501702617
eISBN:
9781501703478
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702617.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Simultaneously real and unreal, the dead are people, yet they are not. The society of medieval Europe developed a rich set of imaginative traditions about death and the afterlife, using the dead as a ... More

Before the Gregorian ReformThe Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium

Before the Gregorian Reform: The Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium

John Howe

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452895
eISBN:
9781501703713
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452895.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Historians typically single out the hundred-year period from about 1050 to 1150 as the pivotal moment in the history of the Latin Church, for it was then that the Gregorian Reform movement ... More

By Force and FearTaking and Breaking Monastic Vows in Early Modern Europe

By Force and Fear: Taking and Breaking Monastic Vows in Early Modern Europe

Anne Jacobson Schutte

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449772
eISBN:
9780801463174
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449772.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

An unwilling, desperate nun trapped in the cloister, unable to gain release: such is the image that endures today of monastic life in early modern Europe. This book demonstrates that this and other ... More

Certain SainthoodCanonization and the Origins of Papal Infallibility in the Medieval Church

Certain Sainthood: Canonization and the Origins of Papal Infallibility in the Medieval Church

Donald S. Prudlo

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801454035
eISBN:
9781501701535
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801454035.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

The doctrine of papal infallibility is a central tenet of Roman Catholicism, and yet it is frequently misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Much of the present-day theological ... More

Chariots of LadiesFrancesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

Nuria Silleras-Fernandez

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453830
eISBN:
9781501701641
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453830.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This book traces the development of devotion and female piety among the Iberian aristocracy from the late Middle Ages into the Golden Age, and from Catalonia to the rest of Iberia and Europe via the ... More

Cluny and the Muslims of La Garde-FreinetHagiography and the Problem of Islam in Medieval Europe

Cluny and the Muslims of La Garde-Freinet: Hagiography and the Problem of Islam in Medieval Europe

Scott G. Bruce

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452994
eISBN:
9781501700927
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452994.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

In the summer of 972 a group of Muslim brigands based in the south of France abducted the abbot of Cluny as he and his entourage crossed the Alps. Ultimately, the abbot was set free and returned home ... More

Creating Cistercian NunsThe Women's Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth-Century Champagne

Creating Cistercian Nuns: The Women's Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth-Century Champagne

Anne E. Lester

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449895
eISBN:
9780801462955
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449895.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This book addresses a central issue in the history of the medieval church: the role of women in the rise of the religious reform movement of the thirteenth century. Focusing on the county of ... More

The Criminalization of Abortion in the WestIts Origins in Medieval Law

The Criminalization of Abortion in the West: Its Origins in Medieval Law

Wolfgang P. Müller

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450891
eISBN:
9780801464157
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450891.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Anyone who wants to understand how abortion has been treated historically in the Western legal tradition must first come to terms with two quite different but interrelated historical trajectories. On ... More

Defining Boundaries in al-AndalusMuslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Iberia

Defining Boundaries in al-Andalus: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Iberia

Janina M. Safran

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451836
eISBN:
9780801468018
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451836.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Al-Andalus, the Arabic name for the medieval Islamic state in Iberia, endured for over 750 years following the Arab and Berber conquest of Hispania in 711. While the popular perception of al-Andalus ... More

Emperor of the WorldCharlemagne and the Construction of Imperial Authority, 800-1229

Emperor of the World: Charlemagne and the Construction of Imperial Authority, 800-1229

Anne A. Latowsky

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451485
eISBN:
9780801467790
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451485.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Charlemagne never traveled farther east than Italy, but by the mid-tenth century a story had begun to circulate about the friendly alliances that the emperor had forged while visiting Jerusalem and ... More

Fearful Spirits, Reasoned FolliesThe Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe

Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies: The Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe

Michael D. Bailey

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451447
eISBN:
9780801467318
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451447.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Superstitions are commonplace in the modern world. Mostly, however, they evoke innocuous images of people reading their horoscopes or avoiding black cats. Certain religious practices might also come ... More

From She-Wolf to MartyrThe Reign and Disputed Reputation of Johanna I of Naples

From She-Wolf to Martyr: The Reign and Disputed Reputation of Johanna I of Naples

Elizabeth Casteen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453861
eISBN:
9781501701009
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453861.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

In 1343 a seventeen-year-old girl named Johanna (1326–1382) ascended the Neapolitan throne, becoming the ruling monarch of one of medieval Europe’s most important polities. For nearly forty years, ... More

Her Father's DaughterGender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms

Her Father's Daughter: Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms

Lucy K. Pick

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501714320
eISBN:
9781501714344
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501714320.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

The actions of a large number of prominent and powerful royal women in early medieval Spain have never before been examined as a group. They were for the most part daughters and sisters, not wives ... More

Imagining Religious Leadership in the Middle AgesRichard of Saint-Vanne and the Politics of Reform

Imagining Religious Leadership in the Middle Ages: Richard of Saint-Vanne and the Politics of Reform

Steven Vanderputten

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453779
eISBN:
9780801456305
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453779.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Around the turn of the first millennium AD, there emerged in the former Carolingian Empire a generation of abbots that came to be remembered as one of the most influential in the history of Western ... More

Invisible WeaponsLiturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology

Invisible Weapons: Liturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology

M. Cecilia Gaposchkin

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501705151
eISBN:
9781501707988
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705151.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

In 1098, three years into the First Crusade and after a brutal eight-month siege, the Franks captured the city of Antioch. Two days later, Muslim forces arrived with a relief army, and the victors ... More

A Kingdom of StargazersAstrology and Authority in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon

A Kingdom of Stargazers: Astrology and Authority in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon

Michael A. Ryan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449840
eISBN:
9780801463150
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449840.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Astrology in the Middle Ages was considered a branch of the magical arts, one informed by Jewish and Muslim scientific knowledge in Muslim Spain. Using the stars and planets to divine the future ran ... More

Monastic Reform as ProcessRealities and Representations in Medieval Flanders, 900-1100

Monastic Reform as Process: Realities and Representations in Medieval Flanders, 900-1100

Steven Vanderputten

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451713
eISBN:
9780801468117
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451713.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

The history of monastic institutions in the Middle Ages may at first appear remarkably uniform and predictable. Medieval commentators and modern scholars have observed how monasteries of the tenth to ... More

The Poor and the PerfectThe Rise of Learning in the Franciscan Order, 1209-1310

The Poor and the Perfect: The Rise of Learning in the Franciscan Order, 1209-1310

Neslihan Senocak

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450570
eISBN:
9780801464249
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450570.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

One of the enduring ironies of medieval history is the fact that a group of Italian lay penitents, begging in sackcloths, led by a man who called himself simple and ignorant, turned in a short time ... More

Princely Brothers and SistersThe Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100-1250

Princely Brothers and Sisters: The Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100-1250

Jonathan R. Lyon

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451300
eISBN:
9780801467851
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451300.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This book takes a fresh look at sibling networks and the role they played in shaping the practice of politics in the Middle Ages. Focusing on nine of the most prominent aristocratic families in the ... More

Sacred FollyA New History of the Feast of Fools

Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools

Max Harris

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449567
eISBN:
9780801461613
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449567.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

For centuries, the Feast of Fools has been condemned and occasionally celebrated as a disorderly, even transgressive Christian festival. The problem with this popular account, is that it is wrong. ... More

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