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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 Divorce of Lothar II
Christian Marriage and Political Power in the Carolingian World
Karl Heidecker
"She declares, so the bishops will write in their report on the council, that she is unworthy to continue as a married woman. 'Before God and his angels' she bares her heart and confesses to them 'every secret relating to the rumor that had arisen.'...



Don Isaac Abravanel
Statesman and Philosopher
Benzion Netanyahu
Don Isaac Abravanel (1437–1508) was a major historical figure during the waning of the Middle Ages. Statesman, diplomat, courtier, and financier, he was, at the same time, a scholar of encyclopedic learning, a philosopher, an exegete, a prolific...



The Early Growth of the European Economy
Warriors and Peasants from the Seventh to the Twelfth Century
Georges Duby



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...



Ecclesia in Medio Nationis
Reflections on the Study of Monasticism in the Central Middle Ages



Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages
Barbara H. Rosenwein
This highly original book is both a study of emotional discourse in the Early Middle Ages and a contribution to the debates among historians and social scientists about the nature of human...



Emperor of the World
Charlemagne and the Construction of Imperial Authority, 800–1229
Anne A. Latowsky
Exploring how the historical memory of Charlemagne was used to shape the institutions of kingship and empire in the High Middle Ages.



Enemies and Familiars
Slavery and Mastery in Fifteenth-Century Valencia
Debra Blumenthal
A prominent Mediterranean port located near Islamic territories, the city of Valencia in the late fifteenth century boasted a slave population of pronounced religious and ethnic diversity: captive Moors and penally enslaved Mudejars, Greeks, Tartars...



Ermengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadours
Fredric L. Cheyette
Before France became France its territories included Occitania, roughly the present-day province of Languedoc. The city of Narbonne was a center of Occitanian commerce and culture during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. For most of the second...



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