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The ‘hermit craze’ of the Middle Ages

A Hermit’s Cookbook : Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle Ages

Continuum, 2011

Book chapter

...Western Monasticism and the Rediscovery of ‘The Desert’ Monastic ideals had been imported to the West from Egypt through the writings of John Cassian and the translations of Basil’s writings into Latin at the end of the fourth...

Renaissance Figures of Monsters

Primary Sources on Monsters : Demonstrare Volume 2

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...The images that accompany Ambroise Paré’s On Monsters present a range of monster types, for which the text gives a variety of explanations. Paré claims that the foal with the human face foretold a war between Florence and Pisa...


The Peace of God

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...Important place-names for Chapters 1 and 2.Important place-names for Chapter 3.When the Apostle Paul wrote that “the peace of God … surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7), he did not have in mind the historical movement known...

Wall Paintings in the Château De Germolles: An Interdisciplinary Project for the Rediscovery of a Unique Fourteenth-Century Decoration

Digital Techniques for Documenting and Preserving Cultural Heritage

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...The aim of this study was to examine and document the wall paintings in the Château de Germolles. Situated in Burgundy, France, Germolles is the best preserved residence of the Dukes of Burgundy and was listed as a monument of national...

Setting the Scene

Popular Romance in Iceland : The Women, Worldviews, and Manuscript Witnesses of Nítíða saga

Arc Humanities Press, 2016

Book chapter

...Geography and Space Whereas in the previous two chapters I considered Nítíða saga’s manuscripts, scribes, and intertextual relationships, I now consider the saga’s interest in geography and space, both of which contribute to the setting...

Benedict XII and the Beatific Vision

Pope Benedict XII (1334–1342) : The Guardian of Orthodoxy

Amsterdam University Press, 2018

Book chapter

...This chapter was translated by Vicki-Marie Petrick.This chapter offers a synthetic overview of the role played by Benedict XII in the resolution of the Beatific Vision controversy initiated by the previous pope, John XXII. The first part...


The Merovingian Kingdoms and the Mediterranean World : Revisiting the Sources

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...Gregory of Tours, Histories VI.6 At this time, close to Nice there lived a recluse called Hospicius, a man of great abstinence, who had iron chains wound round his body, next to the skin, and wore a hair-shirt on top. He ate nothing...

The Black Prince

Digitised primary source

...Manuscript volume containing a metrical chronicle composed by the Chandos Herald in French verse, commemorating the life and feats of arms of Edward the Black Prince, [1385]. The poem is a valuable authority for certain events...

Professional Cooking, Kitchens, and Service Work

A Cultural History of Food in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Cooks and Kitchen Staff In the late Middle Ages—the period under investigation here, when sources became more abundant—cooks were organized in guilds...

Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–74)

The Medieval Christian Philosophers : An Introduction

I.B.Tauris, 2014

Book chapter

...Clearly, Thomas Aquinas is the most well-known of the medieval philosophers, and, given this fact, it is tempting to view the history of thirteenth-century philosophy in a way that sees Aquinas as the towering genius of the era, the person...