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Handling Sin : Confession in the Middle Ages - Peter Biller

Handling Sin

Confession in the Middle Ages

By: Peter Biller (Editor), Alastair J. Minnis (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 29th October 1998
ISBN: 9780952973416
Number Of Pages: 230

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Penance, confession and their texts (penitential and confessors' manuals) are important topics for an understanding of the middle ages, in relation to a wide range of issues, from medieval social thought to Chaucer's background. These essays treat a variety of different aspects of the topic: subjects include the frequency and character of early medieval penance; the summae and manuals for confessors, and the ways in which these texts (written by males for males) constructed women as sexual in nature; William of Auvergne's remarkable writing on penance; and the relevance of confessors' manuals for demographic history. JOHN BALDWIN's major study From the Ordeal to Confession', delivered as a Quodlibet lecture, traces the appearance in French romances of the themes of a penitent's contrition, the priest's job in listening, and the application of the spiritual conseil and penitence.PETER BILLER is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Yor; A.J. MINNIS is Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of York.Contributors: PETER BILLER, ROB MEENS, ALEXANDER MURRAY, JACQUELINE MURRAY, LESLEY SMITH, MICHAEL HAREN, JOHN BALDWIN

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Handling Sin: Confession in the Middle Ages
Confession in the Middle Ages: Introductionp. 1
The Frequency and Nature of Early Medieval Penancep. 35
Counselling in Medieval Confessionp. 63
Gendered Souls in Sexed Bodies: The Male Construction of Female Sexuality in Some Medieval Confessors' Manualsp. 79
William of Auvergne and Confessionp. 95
Confession, Social Ethics and Social Discipline in the Memoriale presbiterorump. 109
The Interrogatories for Officials, Lawyers and Secular Estates of the Memoriale presbiterorum: Edition and Translationp. 123
Confessors' Manuals and the Avoiding of Offspringp. 165
The 1996 York Quodlibet Lecture
From the Ordeal to Confession: In Search of Lay Religion in Early Thirteenth Century Francep. 191
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780952973416
ISBN-10: 0952973413
Series: York Studies in Medieval Theology, 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 29th October 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68