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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 other.



The Poor and the Perfect
The Rise of Learning in the Franciscan Order, 1209–1310
Neslihan Senocak
In The Poor and the Perfect, Neslihan Şenocak provides a grand narrative of how the quintessential Franciscan virtue of simplicity gradually lost its place to learning, while studying came to be considered an integral part of evangelical perfection.



Fleas, Flies, and Friars
Children's Poetry from the Middle Ages
Nicholas Orme
In Fleas, Flies, and Friars, Nicholas Orme has gathered a wide variety of children's verse that circulated in England beginning in the 1400s, providing a way for modern readers of all ages to experience the medieval world through the eyes of its children.



Francis of Assisi
A New Biography
Augustine Thompson, O.P.
A tour de force of historical research and biographical writing, Francis of Assisi: A New Biography is divided into two complementary parts—a stand alone biographical narrative and a close, annotated examination of the historical sources about Francis.



Henri Pirenne, Historian
A Life in Pictures
Sarah Keymeulen, Jo Tollebeek
Henri Pirenne (1862–1935) was a Belgian historian of international stature. He had an intellectual reputation that extended far beyond the borders of his own country. This book is not merely a writer's oeuvre. It is a life in pictures.



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



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 century.



A Kingdom of Stargazers
Astrology and Authority in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon
Michael A. Ryan
In A Kingdom of Stargazers, Michael A. Ryan examines the interest in astrology in the Iberian kingdom of Aragon, where ideas about magic and the occult were deeply intertwined with notions of power, authority, and providence.



Guillaume de Machaut
Secretary, Poet, Musician
Elizabeth Eva Leach
A comprehensive portrait of the influential medieval poet and composer.



Sacred Folly
A New History of the Feast of Fools
Max Harris
The real history and meaning of the Feast of Fools—usually misunderstood as a sacrilegious festival.



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