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Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies
The Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe
Michael D. Bailey
Explores the thorny concept of superstition as it was understood and debated in the Middle...



Her Father’s Daughter
Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms
Lucy K. Pick
"In Her Father’s Daughter, Lucy K. Pick looks to a much-neglected aspect of the history of the Spanish kingdoms in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Her book is novel and original."—Teofilo Ruiz, author of A King Travels" Her Father’s Daughter...



To Follow in Their Footsteps
The Crusades and Family Memory in the High Middle Ages
Nicholas L. Paul
Paul reveals the lasting impact of the crusades, beyond the expeditions themselves, on the formation of dynastic identity and the culture of the medieval European...



Monastic Reform as Process
Realities and Representations in Medieval Flanders, 900–1100
Steven Vanderputten
Steven Vanderputten revisits the history of monastic reform to challenge the widely accepted narrative that foregrounds the role of charismatic leaders by examining the evidence from seven monasteries in...



Afterlives
The Return of the Dead in the Middle Ages
Nancy Mandeville Caciola
In Afterlives, Nancy Mandeville Caciola explores this extraordinary phenomenon of the living's relationship with the dead in Europe during the five hundred years after the year...



Where Three Worlds Met
Sicily in the Early Medieval Mediterranean
Sarah Davis-Secord
In Where Three Worlds Met, Sarah Davis-Secord investigates Sicily's place within the religious, diplomatic, military, commercial, and intellectual networks of the Mediterranean by tracing the patterns of travel, trade, and communication among Christians (Latin and Greek), Muslims, and Jews.



Hell and Its Rivals
Death and Retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Early Middle Ages
Alan E. Bernstein
In Hell and Its Rivals, Alan E. Bernstein examines an array of sources from within and beyond the three Abrahamic faiths—including theology, chronicles, legal charters, edifying tales, and narratives of near-death experiences—to analyze the origins and evolution of belief in Hell.



Defiant Priests
Domestic Unions, Violence, and Clerical Masculinity in Fourteenth-Century Catalonia
Michelle Armstrong-Partida
In Defiant Priests, Michelle Armstrong-Partida uses evidence from extraordinary archives in four Catalan dioceses to show that maintaining a family with a domestic partner was not only a custom entrenched in Catalan clerical culture but also an essential component of priestly masculine identity.



Language of Power
Feasting and Gift-Giving in Medieval Iceland and Its Sagas
Vidar Palsson, Viðar Pálsson
Viðar Pálsson addresses pre-modern European power relationships that provide the context for narratives of feasts and exchanges of gifts so conspicuous in the Icelandic sagas.



Viking Friendship
The Social Bond in Iceland and Norway, c. 900-1300
Jon Vidar Sigurdsson
In Viking Friendship, Jon Vidar Sigurdsson explores the various ways in which friendship tied Icelandic and Norwegian societies together, its role in power struggles and ending conflicts, and how it shaped religious beliefs and practices both before and after the introduction of Christianity.



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