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Speaking of Slavery
Color, Ethnicity, and Human Bondage in Italy
The language of slavery is the last but steep price any society must pay for having tolerated the institution and profited from it.... The hypocrisies, the racism, the sexism, the brutality bound up with the daily practice of slavery live on...
The Divorce of Lothar II
Christian Marriage and Political Power in the Carolingian World
"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.'...
Enemies and Familiars
Slavery and Mastery in Fifteenth-Century Valencia
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...
Heresy and the Politics of Community
The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate
A new perspective on the factional conflict between two medieval Jewish sects: the Rabbanites and the...
Passion and Order
Restraint of Grief in the Medieval Italian Communes
The way in which a society expresses grief can reveal how it views both intense emotions and public order. In thirteenth-century Italian communes, a conscious effort to change appropriate public reaction to death threw into sharp relief connections...
So Great a Light, So Great a Smoke
The Beguin Heretics of Languedoc
Using inquisitorial depositions, notarial records, and the previously unknown Beguin martyrology, Burnham vividly recreates the world in which the Beguins lived and died for their beliefs.
A Common Stage
Theater and Public Life in Medieval Arras
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.
The Transformation of a Religious Landscape
Medieval Southern Italy, 850–1150
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...
The Sephardic Frontier
The "Reconquista" and the Jewish Community in Medieval Iberia
Reveals a fluid, often volatile society that transcended religious boundaries and attracted Jewish colonists from throughout the peninsula and beyond.
Struggle for Empire
Kingship and Conflict under Louis the German, 817–876
Struggle for Empire explores the contest for kingdoms and power among Charlemagne's descendants that shaped the formation of Europe through the reign of Charlemagne's grandson, Louis the German (826–876).