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Holy Matter: Changing Perceptions of the Material World in Late Medieval Christianity

Sara Ritchey


A magnificent proliferation of new Christ-centered devotional practices reveals profound changes in the Western Christian temperament of the twelfth century and beyond. This change has often been attributed to an increasing emphasis on God's embodiment in the incarnation and crucifixion of Christ. This book offers a fresh narrative explaining theological and devotional change by asking how religious men and women understood the effects of God's incarnation on the natural, material world. It finds a willingness on the part of medieval Christians to embrace the material world as a locus for divi ... More

Keywords: devotion, incarnation, medieval Christians, material world, God, religious life, creation, Rhineland, crucifixion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452536
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Ritchey, author
Assistant Professor of History, the University of Louisiana, Lafayette