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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...
Rancor and Reconciliation in Medieval England
Duels and bloodfeuds have long been regarded as essentially Continental phenomena, counter to the staid and orderly British ways of settling differences. In this surprising work of social and legal history, Paul R. Hyams reveals a post-Conquest...
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.
Shaping a Monastic Identity
Liturgy and History at the Imperial Abbey of Farfa, 1000–1125
During the eleventh and early twelfth centuries, the imperial abbey of Farfa was one of the most powerful institutions on the Italian peninsula. In this period many of the lands of central Italy fell under its sway, and it enjoyed the protection of...
Property, Proof, and Dispute in Catalonia around the Year 1000
In a major contribution to the debate among medievalists about the nature of social and political change in Europe around the turn of the millennium, Jeffrey A. Bowman explores how people contended over property during the tenth and eleventh centuries...
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.
Speaking of Slavery
Color, Ethnicity, and Human Bondage in Italy
Epstein shows that the ways Italians employ words and think about race and labor are profoundly affected by the language used in medieval Italy to sustain a system of slavery.
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).
Surviving Poverty in Medieval Paris
Gender, Ideology, and the Daily Lives of the Poor
This book about poor men and women in thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century Paris reveals the other side of the "age of cathedrals" in the very place where gothic architecture and scholastic theology were born. In Surviving Poverty in Medieval...
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...