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Sung Birds
Music, Nature, and Poetry in the Later Middle Ages
Elizabeth Eva Leach
Is birdsong music? The most frequent answer to this question in the Middle Ages was resoundingly "no." In Sung Birds, Elizabeth Eva Leach traces postmedieval uses of birdsong within Western musical culture. She first explains why such melodious...



The Tempter's Voice
Language and the Fall in Medieval Literature
Eric Jager
Why was the story of Adam, Eve, and the Serpent so important to medieval literary culture? Eric Jager argues that during the Middle Ages the story of the Fall was incorporated into a comprehensive myth about language. Drawing on a wide range of...



The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy
Douglas Biow, Douglas G. Biow
Concerned about sanitation during a severe bout of plague in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci designed an ideal, clean city. Leonardo was far from alone among his contemporaries in thinking about personal and public hygiene, as Douglas Biow shows in...



The Holy Bureaucrat
Eudes Rigaud and Religious Reform in Thirteenth-Century Normandy
Adam J. Davis
In a book that offers a fresh perspective on the complex relationship between thirteenth-century institutional power and evangelical devotion, Adam J. Davis explores the fascinating career of Eudes Rigaud.



Eating Beauty
The Eucharist and the Spiritual Arts of the Middle Ages
Ann W. Astell
Ann W. Astell explores the ambiguity of the phrase "eating beauty." The phrase evokes the destruction of beauty, the devouring mouth of the grave, the mouth of...



Shakespeare and the Mismeasure of Renaissance Man
Paula Blank
Shakespeare's poems and plays are rich in reference to "measure, number, and weight," which were the key terms of an early modern empirical and quantitative imagination. Shakespeare's investigation of Renaissance measures of reality centers on...



Symbolic Communication in Late Medieval Towns
Mediaevalia Lovaniensia 37 In the context of late medieval state centralization, the political autonomy of the towns of the Low Countries, Northern France, and the Swiss confederation was threatened by central governments. Within this conflict both...



Henry of Ghent
Metaphysics and the "Trinity"
Juan Carlos Flores
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Series 1, No. 36 Henry of Ghent stands out as a leading thinker, together with Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure, of the second half of the thirteenth century. His rich and multifaceted thought influenced many different...



Collaborations with the Past
Reshaping Shakespeare across Time and Media
Diana E. Henderson
"Like the artists studied here, we pick and choose our Shakespeares, and through that labor another story emerges. Frozen in time on the page or screen, some of those collaborations continue to speak, but denuded of their immediate moment...



The Transformation of a Religious Landscape
Medieval Southern Italy, 850–1150
Valerie Ramseyer
Ramseyer traces the efforts by the archbishop of Salerno and the abbey of Cava to centralize ecclesiastical structures and standardize religious practices in medieval southern...



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