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Francis of Assisi
A New Biography
Augustine Thompson, O.P.
A tour de force of historical research and biographical writing, Francis of Assisi: A New Biography is divided into two complementary parts—a stand alone biographical narrative and a close, annotated examination of the historical sources about Francis.


"This is not a typical biography of Francis of Assisi (1181–1226). Thompson, a Dominican priest and church historian, bases his biography solidly on verifiable material. He seeks the historical Francis, not the Francis of legend, and succeeds admirably in this task. Anyone interested in Francis will like the first part: a well-written, straightforward biography. In the second part, which will appeal to scholars and more serious readers, Thompson discusses in some detail the sources for... cont'd



The Templars, the Witch, and the Wild Irish
Vengeance and Heresy in Medieval Ireland
Maeve Brigid Callan
Maeve Brigid Callan analyzes Ireland's medieval heresy trials, which all occurred in the volatile fourteenth century. These include the celebrated case of Alice Kyteler and her associates, prosecuted by Richard de Ledrede, bishop of Ossory, in 1324.



The Empty Seashell
Witchcraft and Doubt on an Indonesian Island
Nils Bubandt
In a book based on more than three years of fieldwork, Nils Bubandt argues that cannibal witches for people in the coastal, and predominantly Christian, community of Buli in the Indonesian province of North Maluku are both corporeally real and fundamentally unknowable.



The Avila of Saint Teresa
Religious Reform in a Sixteenth-Century City
Jodi Bilinkoff



The Enigma of Egill
The Saga, the Viking Poet, and Snorri Sturluson
Torfi H. Tulinius
A careful analysis of Snorri Sturluson's life and times allows Torfi Tulinius to propose a context for a fuller perception of Egils saga as a great work of art.



Icelandic Baroque
Poetic Art and Erudition in the Works of Hallgrimur Petursson
Margret Eggertsdottir
Icelandic Baroque seeks to approach the writings of Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614–1674), Iceland's leading devotional poet, from a new direction.



From Eckhart to Ruusbroec
A Critical Inheritance of Mystical Themes in the Fourteenth Century
Satoshi Kikuchi
In this thorough textual, historical, and doctrinal study Satoshi Kikuchi seeks to clarify the relationship between two prominent mystics of the fourteenth century: Meister Eckhart, the German Dominican, and Jan van Ruusbroec, the Brabantine Augustinian.



Black Vienna
The Radical Right in the Red City, 1918–1938
Janek Wasserman
Janek Wasserman traces intellectual, social, and political developments in the Austrian First Republic while highlighting intellectuals' participation in the growing worldwide conflict between socialism, conservatism, and fascism.



The Pious Sex
Catholic Constructions of Masculinity and Femininity in Belgium, c. 1800–1940
Tine Van Osselaer
Tine Van Osselaer seeks to clarify how the gender differentiation was created among Catholics in nineteenth-century Beligium.



Religious Institutes and Catholic Culture in 19th and 20th Century Europe
This volume examines the cultural contribution of religious institutes, men and women religious, and their role in the constitution of Catholic communities of communication in England, Germany, Liechtenstein, the Low Countries, the Nordic countries, and Switzerland.



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