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The Bishop's Palace
Architecture and Authority in Medieval Italy
This lavishly illustrated book looks at the art and architecture of episcopal palaces as expressions of power and ideology. Tracing the history of the bishop's residence in the urban centers of northern Italy over the Middle Ages, Maureen C. Miller...
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 Consumption of Justice
Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264–1423
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.
Divine and Demonic Possession in the Middle Ages
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
"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...
Ermengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadours
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 half...
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 Qaraites.
Changing Perceptions, Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
The Middle Ages are often thought of as an era during which cruelty was a major aspect of life, a view that stems from the anti-Catholic polemics of the Reformation. Daniel Baraz makes the striking discovery that the concept of cruelty, which had been...
Order and Exclusion
Cluny and Christendom Face Heresy, Judaism, and Islam (1000–1150)
Order and Exclusion is a rare and magnificent book of medieval history with clear relevance to today's headlines. Through the lens of the polemics of Peter the Venerable, abbot of Cluny, Dominique Iogna-Prat examines the process by which christianity...