By Catherine Rider
Magic and Impotence within the heart Ages investigates the typical medieval trust that magic can cause impotence, focusing quite at the interval 1150-1450. the topic hasn't ever been studied intimately ahead of, yet there's a unusually great amount of knowledge approximately it in 4 types of resource: confessors' manuals; scientific compendia that mentioned many health problems; commentaries on canon legislations; and theological commentaries at the Sentences of Peter Lombard. even if such a lot historians of medieval tradition concentrate on just one or of those forms of resource, a broader comparability unearths that medieval writers held strangely different reviews approximately what magic was once, the way it labored, and no matter if it used to be ever valid to exploit it.
Medieval discussions of magically brought on impotence additionally comprise loads of information regarding magical practices, so much of that have now not been studied sooner than. particularly, those assets say greatly approximately well known magic, a subject matter which has been really missed via historians as the proof is scanty and hard to interpret. Magic and Impotence makes new information regarding well known magic on hand for the 1st time.
Magic and Impotence additionally examines why the authors of criminal, clinical, and theological texts have been so drawn to renowned magical practices with regards to impotence. It as a result makes use of magically prompted impotence as a case-study to discover the connection among elite and pop culture. specifically, this research emphasizes the significance of the thirteenth-century pastoral reform move, which sought to implement extra orthodox spiritual practices. Historians have usually famous that this circulation introduced churchmen into touch with renowned ideals, yet this can be the 1st research to illustrate the profound influence it had on theological and criminal principles approximately magic.
By Joseph Gies, Frances Gies
An illuminating examine the huge innovations of the center a long time, via the authors of lifestyles in a Medieval Castle.
By Charles Barber
Given the long-lasting significance of Aristotle s "Nicomachean Ethics," it's outstanding to discover that there's no wide surviving observation in this textual content from the interval among the second one century and the 12th century. This quantity is targeted at the first of the medieval commentaries, that produced within the early 12th century via Eustratios of Nicaea, Michael of Ephesus, and an nameless writer in Constantinople. This activity was once to have an important impression at the reception of the "Nicomachean Ethics" in Latin and Catholic Europe. For, within the mid-thirteenth century, Robert Grosseteste translated into Latin a manuscript that contained those Byzantine commentators. either Albertus Magnus and Bonaventure then used this translation as a foundation for his or her discussions of Aristotle's ebook. individuals are George Arabatzis, Charles Barber, Linos Benakis, Elizabeth Fisher, Peter Frankopan, Katerina Ierodiakonou, David Jenkins, Anthony Kaldellis and Michele Trizio."
By Albrecht Classen
Conrad Kyeser used to be the 1st to offer a picture of a chastity belt in his illustrated e-book on struggle equipment, Bellifortis (1405), and a few 15th- and sixteenth-century poets and artists talked about this item to boot. but, there isn't any enterprise facts that chastity belts have been ever utilized in fact. against this, glossy writers have frequently observed the chastity belt as an item hired basically within the center a while as a way to aid a hugely speculative standpoint of earlier practices, might be as a spurious legitimation for using chastity belts within the smooth intercourse undefined. Anthropologists, ethnologists, then additionally cultural historians, and feminist students have fortunately embraced the belief of the chastity belt since it supplied them with an efficient battle-cry to malign the medieval international and to undertaking some great benefits of the civilization approach within the lives of recent girls freed of being degrading by way of a chastity belt.
By Walter L. Wakefield
This quantity provides an intensive choice of Medieval resources for the historical past of the preferred heresies in Western Europe.
By Eva R. Hoffman
Late vintage and Medieval paintings of the Mediterranean World is a much-needed instructing anthology that rethinks and broadens the scope of the stale and proscribing classifications used for Early Christian-Byzantine visible arts.
- A entire anthology delivering a brand new method of the visible arts categorized as Early Christian-Byzantine
- Comprised of essays from specialists within the box that combine the more recent, historiographical examine into 'the canon' of verified scholarship
- Exposes the old, geographical and cultural continuities and interactions within the visible arts of the overdue vintage and medieval Mediterranean world
- Covers an in depth variety of subject matters, together with the impact that converging cultures in overdue antiquity had on artwork, the cultural identities that may be saw by way of taking a look at distinction of culture in visible artwork, and the variance of illuminations in holy books
This selection of unique essays repositions medieval literary experiences after an period of in depth serious historicism mostly indebted to Marxist and materialist concept.
By Patrick J. Geary
To receive sacred relics, medieval clergymen plundered tombs, avaricious retailers raided church buildings, and relic-mongers scoured the Roman catacombs. In a revised variation of Furta Sacra, Patrick Geary considers the social and cultural context for those acts, asking how the relics have been perceived and why the thefts met with the approval of medieval Christians.
By Umberto Eco
Born an easy peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has significant gifts-a expertise for studying languages and a ability in telling lies. whilst nonetheless a boy he meets a overseas commander within the woods, fascinating him along with his fast wit and vigorous brain. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the college in Paris, the place he makes a couple of fearless, adventurous friends.
Spurred on by way of myths and their very own reveries, this merry band units out looking for Prester John, a mythical priest-king stated to rule over an unlimited state within the East-a phantasmagorical land of odd creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and gorgeous maidens.
With incredible digressions, outrageous methods, amazing feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this is often Eco the storyteller at his superb best.