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Discerning Spirits
Divine and Demonic Possession in the Middle Ages
Nancy Mandeville Caciola
Analyzes a broad array of sources--from saints' lives to medical treatises, exorcists' manuals to miracle accounts--to find that observers came to rely on the discernment of bodies rather than seeking to distinguish between divine and demonic possession in purely spiritual terms.



The Consumption of Justice
Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264–1423
Daniel Lord Smail
Drawing on the rich judicial records of Marseille from the years 1264 to 1423, especially records of civil litigation, this book approaches the courts of law from the perspective of the users of the courts.



Gendering the Master Narrative
Women and Power in the Middle Ages
Gendering the Master Narrative asks whether a female tradition of power might have existed distinct from the male one, and how such a tradition might have been transmitted. It describes women's progress toward power as a push-pull movement, showing...



Fama
The Politics of Talk and Reputation in Medieval Europe
In medieval Europe, the word fama denoted both talk (what was commonly said about a person or event) and an individual's ensuing reputation (one's fama). Although talk by others was no doubt often feared, it was also valued and even cultivated as a...



Medieval Cruelty
Changing Perceptions, Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Daniel Baraz
The Middle Ages are often thought of as an era during which cruelty was a major aspect of life, a view that stems from the anti-Catholic polemics of the Reformation. Daniel Baraz makes the striking discovery that the concept of cruelty, which had been...



Order and Exclusion
Cluny and Christendom Face Heresy, Judaism, and Islam (1000–1150)
Dominique Iogna-Prat
Order and Exclusion is a rare and magnificent book of medieval history with clear relevance to today's headlines. Through the lens of the polemics of Peter the Venerable, abbot of Cluny, Dominique Iogna-Prat examines the process by which christianity...



"Every Valley Shall Be Exalted"
The Discourse of Opposites in Twelfth-Century Thought
Constance Brittain Bouchard
In high medieval France, men and women saw the world around them as the product of tensions between opposites. Imbued with a Christian culture in which a penniless preacher was also the King of Kings and the last were expected to be...



The Bishop's Palace
Architecture and Authority in Medieval Italy
Maureen C. Miller
This lavishly illustrated book looks at the art and architecture of episcopal palaces as expressions of power and ideology. Tracing the history of the bishop's residence in the urban centers of northern Italy over the Middle Ages, Maureen C. Miller...



Kinship and Conquest
Family Strategies in the Principality of Salerno during the Norman Period, 1077-1194
Joanna H. Drell
Historians of Medieval Europe have long employed the family as a window through which to explore broader social, political, and economic issues. Drawing primarily on the abundant charter sources in the archive of S.S. Trinità at Cava dei Tirreni...



The Medieval Theater of Cruelty
Rhetoric, Memory, Violence
Jody Enders
Why did medieval dramatists weave so many scenes of torture into their plays? Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the Middle...



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