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Making Merry in the Middle Ages

The Ages of Faith : Popular Religion in Late Medieval England and Western Europe

I.B.Tauris, 2009

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...This chapter was first published in The Month, September–October 1996, pp. 373– 6. The copyright belongs to Trustees for Roman Catholic Purposes (114 Mount Street, London W1).In the Middle Ages all life was sport, in a sense. Or, if you...

Family Relationships

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

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...Most children are born and grow up within a familial context, so a broader understanding of family and family relationships is essential to the study of childhood. Although historical scholarship on the family flourishes, this is untrue...

Institutional Frameworks

A Cultural History of Theatre in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...In the medieval history of theatre, we might expect institutions to function as static and monolithic structures. But a more apt figure for the medieval institution would be a phrase of movement, complex and patterned: in essence...

Twenty-First-Century Templar

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...In her 2007 popular history of the Templars, Sharan Newman tells the story of her encounter with a young man whose interest in The Da Vinci Code (2003, film released in 2006) leads him to ask if the Templars had actually...

Introduction

Carolyne Larrington

Carolyne Larrington is Fellow and Tutor in Medieval English at St John's College, Oxford. She is the author and editor of several books, which include Women and Writing in Medieval Literature (1995), The Woman's Companion to Mythology (1997) and The Poetic Edda: Essays on Mythological Poetry (2001). An expert on Arthurian myth, she is a regular contributor to TV and radio, and recently appeared on Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time (Radio 4) to discuss the cultural history of the Holy Grail. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Winter is Coming : The Medieval World of Game of Thrones

I.B.Tauris, 2016

Book chapter

...Tyrion: ‘The wide world is full of such mad tales. Grumkins and snarks, ghosts and ghouls, mermaids, rock goblins, winged horses, winged pigs … winged lions.’ Griff: ‘Kingdoms are at hazard here. Our lives, our names, our honor...

Urban Sensations: The Medieval City Imagined

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...A famous exemplum (morality tale) by the theologian Jacques de Vitry depicts the experience of a peasant bringing his donkeys through the street of the spice merchants in medieval Montpellier. Before a shop where apprentices were grinding...

Demons in the World

Juanita Feros Ruys

Juanita Ruys is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Demons in the Middle Ages

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

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...From ancient times people had sought to conjure magic to evade, ameliorate, or surpass the natural limits of their condition through the help of supernatural creatures. They might have offered rituals of propitiation to pagan gods, invoked...

The Senses in Religion: Liturgy, Devotion, and Deprivation

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Introduction During the Middle Ages, in Europe and around the Mediterranean, religion structured the individual and society. Depending on their cultural background...

Sindbādnāma: A Zurvanite Cosmogonic Legend?

Early Islamic Iran

I.B.Tauris, 2012

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...By cosmogony (āfarinesh) is understood an account of how the cosmos first came into being. The word cosmogony is, however, generally applied to mythic–religious accounts of the world’s origin current among the peoples of antiquity. Ancient...

Introduction

Juanita Feros Ruys

Juanita Ruys is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Demons in the Middle Ages

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...Who is the Devil? What are demons? Where did they come from, why do they exist, and why do they seem to bear so much malice towards humans?Many cultures posit the existence of fundamental principles of good and evil, and develop narratives...