Review Of "Medieval Christianity In Practice" Edited By M. Rubin

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Editor Rubin (Univ. of London) and contributors offer a richly textured presentation of the practice of medieval Christianity from about 600 to 1500 CE. Each of the 42 sections comprises excerpts from medieval texts, selected, translated, and commented upon by specialists in the field. For example, the presentation of some actual sermons explores the 13th-century preaching revolution, and selections from the register of an inquisitor probe the attitudes of the Cathars toward baptism. This format gives readers comprehensive and varied exposure to the many aspects of medieval life as well as the findings of recent scholarship. Drawn widely from across Europe, the many sources cover medieval life from cradle to grave. Included among others are spells and charms, prayers for healing, accounts of marriage ceremonies and annulment documents, instructions to the Crusaders, coming-of-age rites, bequests for the poor, and rules for a Beghard community. This volume takes its place alongside Religions of Late Antiquity in Practice (CH, May'01, 38-4995), ed. by Richard Valantasis. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty/researchers.


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