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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...



Giordano Bruno and Renaissance Science
Hilary Gatti
The Renaissance philosopher Giordano Bruno was a notable supporter of the new science that arose during his lifetime; his role in its development has been debated ever since the early seventeenth century. Hilary Gatti here reevaluates Bruno's...



Inquisition and Medieval Society
Power, Discipline, and Resistance in Languedoc
James Buchanan Given
James B. Given analyzes the inquisition in one French region in order to develop a sociology of medieval politics. Established in the early thirteenth century to combat widespread popular heresy, inquisitorial tribunals identified, prosecuted, and...



The Early Slavs
Culture and Society in Early Medieval Eastern Europe
Paul M. Barford
More than 270 million people in Europe speak one of the many Slavic languages and dialects, but the origins and development of Slavic culture are still among the most difficult problems facing archaeologists. P.M. Barford's book is a remarkably...



Unjust Seizure
Conflict, Interest, and Authority in an Early Medieval Society
Warren Brown
Most scholarship in English on the political and social order of early medieval Europe concentrates on the Western Frankish regions. Warren Brown shifts the focus to the East, concentrating on conflicts and their resolutions to learn how a central...



Speaking of Slavery
Color, Ethnicity, and Human Bondage in Italy
Steven A. Epstein
Epstein shows that the ways Italians employ words and think about race and labor are profoundly affected by the language used in medieval Italy to sustain a system of slavery.



Monks and Nuns, Saints and Outcasts
Religion in Medieval Society
A new generation of historians today is borrowing from cultural anthropology, post-modern critical theory, and gender studies to understand the social meanings of medieval religious movements, practices, figures, and cults. In this volume Sharon...



Imaginary Cartographies
Possession and Identity in Late Medieval Marseille
Daniel Lord Smail
How, in the years before the advent of urban maps, did city residents conceptualize and navigate their communities? In his strikingly original book, Daniel Lord Smail develops a new method and a new vocabulary for understanding how urban men and women...



Women's Monasticism and Medieval Society
Nunneries in France and England, 890–1215
Bruce L. Venarde
In this engaging work, Bruce L. Venarde uncovers a largely unknown story of women's religious lives and puts female monasticism back in the mainstream of medieval ecclesiastical history. To chart the expansion of nunneries in France and England during...



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