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The meta-philosophy of scholasticism

Why Medieval Philosophy Matters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...So who were the scholastics, and what were they up to? This chapter and the next answer these questions by focusing on their collective project and the methods used to prosecute it. A focus on project and method is enlightening because...

Smallpox in the Harem: Communicable Diseases and the Ottoman Fear of Dynastic Extinction During the Early Sultanate of Ahmed I (R. 1603–17)

Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean : New Histories of Disease in Ottoman Society

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...I am most grateful to our editor Nükhet Varlık for her much valuable comments on earlier drafts, and to Maurizio Alfioldi for providing the transcriptions of the Venetian ambassadorial dispatches utilized in this study. The following...

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...

Books on a Stick

Books Before Print

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...Hornbook with printed text, seventeenth century. Boston, Public Library, Call No. G.Cab.3.52. Public domain. Source: www.digitalcommonwealth.org.This chapter moves even further away from the normal medieval book. The main focus...

Scholasticism on the various kinds of distinction

Why Medieval Philosophy Matters

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...In the last chapter I set out the scholastic project of synthesizing Faith and Reason, religion and philosophy, Augustine and Aristotle. I presented this project as adopting Aristotle’s aporetic method insofar as it deals...

New Science and Old Sources: Why the Ottoman Experience of Plague Matters

The Medieval Globe : Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death

Arc Medieval Press, 2014

Book chapter

...Reconstructing the Ottoman plague experience is vital to understanding the larger Afro-Eurasian disease zone during the Second Pandemic. This essay deals with two different aspects of this experience. On the one hand, it discusses...

Mud, Plague, and The Lord Protector

Christ on a Donkey — Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entries, and Blasphemous Pageants

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

Book chapter

...We return now to kings and other secular rulers, rejoining the story of royal entries in 1559, half a century after Julius II’s triumphal papal entry into Rome. In the meantime, royal entries had extended their range of referents beyond...

Between Word And Image : Representations Of Shi‘Ite Rituals In The Safavid Empire From Early Modern European Travel Accounts

Remapping Travel Narratives (1000-1700) : To the East and Back Again

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...This essay will present close readings from several early modern European travel accounts that describe Shi’ite religious practices in the Safavid Empire and that integrate images into the written narrative. The depictions, in order...

Experiential Knowledge and the Limits of Merchant Credit

Remapping Travel Narratives (1000-1700) : To the East and Back Again

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...Although significant knowledge of the Islamic world came to Christendom through the transmission and translation of written works, the first-hand experiences of European travellers served as another major source of information about...

James Nayler’s Royal Progress

Christ on a Donkey — Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entries, and Blasphemous Pageants

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

Book chapter

...On Friday, October 24, 1656, James Nayler approached Bristol on horseback, accompanied by a small group of men and women reportedly singing “hosanna” and “holy, holy, holy.” Nayler was regarded by many, supporters and critics alike...