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Three Studies in Medieval Religious and Social Thought : The Interpretation of Mary and Martha, the Ideal of the Imitation of Christ, the Orders of Society - Giles Constable

Three Studies in Medieval Religious and Social Thought

The Interpretation of Mary and Martha, the Ideal of the Imitation of Christ, the Orders of Society

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These three studies concentrate on the changes in religious thought and institutions in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and include not only monks and nuns but also less organized types of life such as hermits, recluses, crusaders, and penitents. "The Interpretation of Mary and Martha" deals primarily with the balance of action and contemplation in Christian life; "The Ideal of the Imitation of Christ" studies the growing emphasis on the human Christ, especially His body and wounds; and "The Orders of Society" looks at the conceptual divisions of society and the emergence of the modern idea of a middle class.

'... a work of great maturity and sophistication ... to which students of twelfth-century religious life will turn again and again with fresh appreciation each time of its richness and wisdom ... These studies will become foundational for future scholars of medieval religious life, and therefore merit careful, engaged reading - the highest mark of scholarly achievement.' John Van Engen, Journal of Eccclesiastical History

List of illustrations
Preface
List of abbreviations
The Interpretation of Mary and Martha
The sisters together
The sisters distinguished
The sisters apart
The Ideal of the Imitation of Christ
The imitation of the divinity of Christ
The imitation of the humanity of Christ
The imitation of the body of Christ
The late Middle Ages
The Orders of Society
Introduction
The early Middle Ages
The eleventh and twelfth centuries
From the twelfth century to the end of the Middle Ages
Appendix: mediocres (mediani, medii) in the Middle Ages
Bibliography of secondary works
Index of manuscripts
Biblical index
General index
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ISBN: 9780521638746
ISBN-10: 0521638747
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 1st June 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.27  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.71