The Natural and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages - The Wiles Lectures (Hardback)
  • The Natural and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages - The Wiles Lectures (Hardback)
zoom

The Natural and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages - The Wiles Lectures (Hardback)

(author)
£47.99
Hardback 182 Pages / Published: 17/03/2008
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
How did people of the medieval period explain physical phenomena, such as eclipses or the distribution of land and water on the globe? What creatures did they think they might encounter: angels, devils, witches, dogheaded people? This fascinating book explores the ways in which medieval people categorized the world, concentrating on the division between the natural and the supernatural and showing how the idea of the supernatural came to be invented in the Middle Ages. Robert Bartlett examines how theologians and others sought to draw lines between the natural, the miraculous, the marvelous and the monstrous, and the many conceptual problems they encountered as they did so. The final chapter explores the extraordinary thought-world of Roger Bacon as a case study exemplifying these issues. By recovering the mentalities of medieval writers and thinkers the book raises the critical question of how we deal with beliefs we no longer share.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521878326
Number of pages: 182
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... engaging, accessible and thought-provoking ... The book eloquently indicates the complexity of medieval ideas.' BBC History Magazine
'...this is an engaging and readable book that presents much food for thought, both for medievalists and for non-specialist readers.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'The Natural and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages is sure to interest scholars and students from a range of fields. In this work, Bartlett has offered an encouraging model of how academic writing can not only spur the intellect but also stir the imagination and spark humor.' Christopher LeCluyse, H-German
'The Natural and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages is a handsomely produced, wide-ranging collection on medieval scientific and theological understandings of nature and the supernatural, originally given as the four Wiley lectures in Belfast and retaining their accessible but magisterial tone.' The Times Literary Supplement
'... full of pertinent and fascinating material, strikingly illustrated with photographs, and richly providing a sustained broad view of key, mysterious outlooks and images that developed and declined over long periods.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"The Natural and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages is sure to interest scholars and students from a range of fields. In this work, Bartlett has offered an encouraging model of how academic writing can not only spur the intellect but also stir the imagination and spark humor." -H-Net, Christopher LeCluyse

You may also be interested in...

A House in the Mountains
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
The Diary of a Young Girl
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Cut Out Girl
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Homage to Catalonia
Added to basket
The Strange Death of Europe
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Kilvert's Diary
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Unwomanly Face of War
Added to basket
The Second World War
Added to basket
Chernobyl
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
1000 Years of Annoying the French
Added to basket
Chastise
Added to basket
£25.00   £12.50
Hardback
Shadowplay: Behind the Lines and Under Fire
Added to basket
D-Day
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Shortest History of Europe
Added to basket
If This Is A Man/The Truce
Added to basket
The Shortest History of Germany
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.