The Cambridge History of Christianity: Volume 4, Christianity in Western Europe, c.1100–c.1500

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Miri Rubin, Walter Simons
Cambridge University Press, Jul 31, 2014 - Religion
During the early middle ages, Europe developed complex and varied Christian cultures, and from about 1100 secular rulers, competing factions and inspired individuals continued to engender a diverse and ever-changing mix within Christian society. This volume explores the wide range of institutions, practices and experiences associated with the life of European Christians in the later middle ages. The clergy of this period initiated new approaches to the role of priests, bishops and popes, and developed an ambitious project to instruct the laity. For lay people, the practices of parish religion were central, but many sought additional ways to enrich their lives as Christians. Impulses towards reform and renewal periodically swept across Europe, led by charismatic preachers and supported by secular rulers. This book provides accessible accounts of these complex historical processes and entices the reader towards further enquiry.

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Clerical purity and the reordered world
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Religious poverty and the search for perfection
Beverly Mayne Kienzle 4 Monastic and religious orders c 1100c 1350 Brian PatrickMcGuire Part II Forging a Christian world 12001300
The Word and itsdiffusion Katherine Jansen Part III The Erection of Boundaries
Christendom and Islam
Christians and heretics
Demons andtheChristian community Alain Boureau 28 Wycliffism and Lollardy Kantik Ghosh
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Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London. Her most recent publications include A Sort of God: A History of the Virgin Mary (2009), The Hollow Crown: A History of Britain in the Late Middle Ages (2005) and Love, Friendship and Faith in Europe 1300–1800 (2005) co-edited with Laura Gowing and Michael Hunter.

Walter Simons is Associate Professor in the Department of History, Dartmouth College. He is author of Cities of Ladies: Beguine Communities in the Medieval Low Countries 1200–1565 and co-editor of Ludo J. R. Milis, Religion, Culture and Mentalities in the Medieval Low Countries: Selected Essays (2005) with Jeroen Deploige, Martine De Reu and Steven Vanderputten and The Productivity of Urban Space in Northern Europe with Peter Arnade and Martha Howell (2002).

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