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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

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...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...

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...

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...


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

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...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

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

Late Sasanian Society between Orality and Literacy

The Sasanian Era

I.B.Tauris, 2008

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...In the past few years, a whole range of studies has been devoted to the theme of orality and literacy (in its widest sense) during the pre-Islamic period in Iran. Many of the topics only briefly touched upon in the present paper...

The medieval reception and reuse of the Futūḥ

Ryan J. Lynch

Ryan J. Lynch is Assistant Professor of History at Columbus State University, USA. A specialist in early Islamic history and early Arabic historiography, he received his DPhil from the University of Oxford. His research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of the American Oriental Society and in reference publications such as The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Arab Conquests and Early Islamic Historiography : The Futuh al-Buldan of al-Baladhuri

I.B. Tauris, 2020

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...The present chapter will consider the legacy of Futūḥ al-buldān within the medieval period, primarily through a discussion of the textual reuse of material found in al-Balādhurī’s text by subsequent authors. Textual reuse is the ‘meaningful...