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The Friend (Hardback)

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Hardback 392 Pages / Published: 29/09/2003
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"The friend" explores the long and storied relationship between friendship and the traditional family of the church in England. Bray evaluates how the ethics of friendship have evolved over the centuries from ideas of moral benevolence to a more private and sexualized idea of friendship.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226071800
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 668 g
Dimensions: 206 x 164 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"It is precisely his painstaking quest for objectivity -- his refusal to conflate friendship with what we today call homosexuality -- that gives this book such contemporary relevance, and which ultimately makes it (as Bray puts it) 'a book about ethics'. It should be read not only as an exemplary piece of historical detective work and source criticism. By seeking to restore a space for friendship as a spiritual bond of public significance, this book also provides an indispensable frame of reference for current debates spiralling from the increasingly fraught relationship between homosexuality and Christianity." --;i>History Today--Alexandra Shepard"History Today" (03/01/2004)
"Medievalists should read this book for its content, its method, and its revisionary view of a Middle Ages extending . . . . far beyond the Lockean 'civil society' that supposedly buried it. . . . The Friend is beautifully and engagingly written: the reader is treated as peer and confidant, embarked on a rather eccentric but wholly absorbing itinerary of church combing and tomb peering. --David Wallace "Speculum ""
"The Friend is a complex, multi-layered book that transports the reader through five or six centuries of religious rituals, tomb markers, letters between friends, manuscripts, and historical events. . . .It is also like a detective story in which the author and reader explore together thje mysteries hidden beneath and behind the tombstones and brass plaques. . . . But have no mistake this is a scholarly work with some important insights about the meaning of friendship in English culture."--Peter M. Nardi "Journal of Homosexuality ""

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