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Contesting Christendom: Readings in Medieval Religion and Culture (Hardback)
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Contesting Christendom: Readings in Medieval Religion and Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 254 Pages / Published: 27/07/2007
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This reader fills a gap in classroom offerings by exploring historians' ongoing attempt to understand the social and cultural aspects of medieval Christianity. James L. Halverson organizes his selections around two central questions: what do we mean when we say that medieval Europe was a Christian culture, and what did it mean to be a Christian in the Middle Ages? He argues that the diversity of medieval society over time and space defies the simple answers given in textbooks and that students of medieval religion must have more exposure to issues such as class, gender, and literacy. This carefully selected and provocative collection of key works in the field will provide an invaluable introduction to the medieval world.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742554719
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 236 x 159 x 24 mm


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Twenty-two well-written and informative essays. * Sixteenth Century Journal *
Halverson has assembled a wonderful set of readings on the changing nature of medieval Christendom. The selections chosen here reflect old and new approaches and the ongoing work of scholars to questions about what made the Middle Ages Christian, or whether they were Christian at all. Halverson is sensitive to change over time, and also to changing methodologies and angles of approach. I imagine readers coming away with a much richer sense of the debates-still current!-surrounding Europe's religious inheritance. -- John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame
Demonstrating the various ways in which Christianity shaped medieval culture, this book will be warmly embraced in many medieval European history classrooms as well as in courses on medieval Christianity. Because the readings deal with religion from social and cultural perspectives, it will be valuable even in courses that are not specifically focused on religion. -- Deanna Klepper, Boston University

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