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By Rachel Fulton,Bruce W. Holsinger

In this groundbreaking assortment, twenty-one fashionable medievalists speak about continuity and alter in principles of personhood and neighborhood and argue for the viability of the comedian mode within the research and restoration of background. those students technique their resources now not from a specific ideological point of view yet with an figuring out that every one subject matters, questions, and factors are potential. They draw on quite a few resources in Latin, Arabic, French, German, heart English, and extra, and hire quite a number theories and methodologies, continuously preserving in brain that environments are inseparable from the making of the folk who inhabit them and that those everyone is partly constituted by way of and understood by way of their communities.

Essays characteristic shut readings of either commonplace and lesser recognized fabrics, providing provocative interpretations of John of Rupescissa's alchemy; the connection among the dwelling and the saintly lifeless in Bernard of Clairvaux's sermons; the nomenclature of heresy within the early 11th century; the apocalyptic visions of Robert of Uzès; Machiavelli's De principatibus; the function of "demotic religiosity" in monetary improvement; and the visions of Elizabeth of Schönau. participants write as historians of faith, artwork, literature, tradition, and society, forthcoming their matters in the course of the specific and the singular instead of in the course of the thematic and the theoretical. fiddling with the wild chances of the historic fragments at their disposal, the students during this assortment increase a brand new and interesting method of writing medieval history.

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