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Life Inside the Cloister
Understanding Monastic Architecture—Tradition, Reformation, Adaptive Reuse
Thomas Coomans
Christian monasteries and convents, built throughout Europe for the best part of 1,500 years, are now at a crossroads. This study attempts to understand the sacred architecture of monasteries as a process of the tangible and symbolic organisation of space and time for religious communities. Despite the weight of seemingly immutable monastic...



Quick Cattle and Dying Wishes
People and Their Animals in Early Modern England
Erica Fudge
What was the life of a cow in early modern England like? What would it be like to milk that same cow, day-in, day-out, for over a decade? How did people feel about and toward the animals that they worked with, tended, and often killed? With these questions, Erica Fudge begins her investigation into a lost aspect of early modern life: the...



The Expense of Spirit
Love and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama
Mary Beth Rose
The Expense of Spirit integrates feminist and historicist critical approaches to explore the dynamics of cultural conflict and change in English Renaissance...



Echoes of Desire
English Petrarchism and Its Counterdiscourses
Heather Dubrow
Echoes of Desire variously invokes and interrogates a number of historicist and feminist premises about Tudor and Stuart literature by examining the connections between the anti-Petrarchan tradition and mainstream Petrarchan poetry. It also addresses some of the broader implications of contemporary critical methodologies. Heather Dubrow offers...



The Secret Within
Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England
Wolfgang Riehle
Spiritual seekers throughout history have sought illumination through solitary contemplation. In the Christian tradition, medieval England stands out for its remarkable array of hermits, recluses, and spiritual outsiders—from Cuthbert, Godric of Fichale, and Christina of Markyate to Richard Rolle, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe. In The...



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...



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 will contribute to and enrich ongoing discussions regarding the role and evolution of the medieval...



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...



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...



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...



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