Are there angels within spitting distance of men? What did Pope Gregory the Great think of pagans? Were the monks of Battle compulsive forgers? Is temptation always a bad thing? These and many other fascinating questions are explored in this book.Commisssioned in honour of the distinguished medieval historian, Henry Mayr-Harting and reflecting the range and focus of its honorand's interests, the twenty-five essays provide a panoramic and stimulating exploration of the interrelated fields of belief and culture in the middle ages. Sanctity and sacred biography, seduction and temptation, forgery and litigation, patronage and art production, conversion and oppression were all part of the rich fabric of medieval Christian culture that is scrutinized here. Individually the studies shed new light on a series of key issues and questions relating to the cultural, religious, and political history of the sixth-century church, of Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, and of Carolingian, Ottonian, and Investiture Contest Europe; while collectively they illuminate the interaction of Christianity and politics, of secular and sacred, and of belief and culture from late antiquity to the thirteenth century.
`Two articles particularly stand out for me. One is Valerie Flint's analysis of the miracles of St. Thomas Cantilupe ... This is a wonderfully thoughtful, clever and well-argued essay ... D. J. A. Matthew examines Thomas Becket's letters, in a bravura piece of writing and argument. What begins in muted tones, and initially makes one suspect another piece of technical manuscript analysis, turns into a witty, deadpan and extremely clever reassessment of what was actually going on with Becket and Henry II ... All of the articles here are worth reading, though the utility of some will vary according to the reader's interests. Some, however - Flint's and Matthew's in particular - make important contributions to much broader areas of debate.' John H. Arnold, Birkbeck College, Journal of the Society of Archivists
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 1st May 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.4 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.75