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A Common Stage
Theater and Public Life in Medieval Arras
Carol Symes
A Common Stage challenges the prevalent understanding of theater history while offering the first comprehensive history of a community often credited with the invention of French as a powerful literary language.

Consorting with Saints
Prayer for the Dead in Early Medieval France
Megan McLaughlin
In this book, Megan McLaughlin explores the social and cultural significance of prayer for the dead in the West Frankish realm from the late eighth century through the end of the eleventh century. She argues that the primary function of funerary and...

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.

Creating Christian Granada
Society and Religious Culture in an Old-World Frontier City, 1492–1600
David Coleman
A richly detailed examination of a critical and transitional episode in Spain's march to global empire.

Creating Cistercian Nuns
The Women's Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth-Century Champagne
Anne E. Lester
In Creating Cistercian Nuns, Anne E. Lester addresses a central issue in the history of the medieval church: the role of women in the rise of the religious reform movement of the thirteenth...

The Criminalization of Abortion in the West
Its Origins in Medieval Law
Wolfgang P. Müller
Wolfgang P. Müller tells the story of how abortion came to be criminalized in the West. As he shows, criminalization as a distinct phenomenon and abortion as a self-standing criminal category developed in tandem with each...

The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy
Douglas 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...

Defiant Priests
Domestic Unions, Violence, and Clerical Masculinity in Fourteenth-Century Catalunya
Michelle Armstrong-Partida
In Defiant Priests, Michelle Armstrong-Partida uses evidence from extraordinary archives in four Catalan dioceses to show that maintaining a family with a domestic partner was not only a custom entrenched in Catalan clerical culture but also an essential component of priestly masculine...

Defining Boundaries in al-Andalus
Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Islamic Iberia
Janina M. Safran
Through an examination of the structure and practice of Muslim political and legal-religious authority, a rare look at intercommunal life in Iberia during the first three centuries of Islamic...

The Devil
A New Biography
Philip C. Almond
Philip C. Almond explores the figure of evil incarnate from the first centuries of the Christian era through to the Enlightenment, when the Devil became marginal to Christian theology and the dominant concerns of the Western intellectual...

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