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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...



Cultures of Piety
Medieval English Devotional Literature in Translation
Devotional texts in late medieval England were notable for their flamboyant piety and their preoccupation with the tortured body of Christ and the grief of the Virgin Mary. Generations of readers internalized and shaped the "cultures of piety"...






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
Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity
Jeffrey Burton Russell
This lively and learned book traces the history of the concept of evil and its personification as the Devil from ancient times to the period of the New Testament and across cultures and...



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...



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.'...



Dreams, Visions, and Spiritual Authority in Merovingian Gaul
Isabel Moreira
In early medieval Europe, dreams and visions were believed to reveal divine information about Christian life and the hereafter. No consensus existed, however, as to whether all Christians, or only a spiritual elite, were entitled to have a...



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



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