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Family Relationships

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010


...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...


A Cultural History of Comedy in the Middle Ages Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020


...Theory and practice often clash. This is nothing new; and so it was in the Middle Ages. Comedic performances flourished in public arenas, and the comedy of everyday life was lived by all. Theories describing the phenomenon, however, were...

Institutional Frameworks

A Cultural History of Theatre in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017


...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


...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...

Urban Sensations: The Medieval City Imagined

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014


...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 Feros Ruys is Director of the Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Demons in the Middle Ages

Arc Humanities Press, 2017


...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


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

Twenty-First-Century Templar

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015


...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 Professor of Medieval European Literature at University of Oxford, UK. She is the author of The Women’s Companion to Mythology (1997), King Arthur’s Enchantresses (2006), The Land of the Green Man (2015) and Winter is Coming (2015), among others. 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


...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...
...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...