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Medieval Popular Religion, 1000-1500: A Reader (Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures #2)
"Medieval Popular Religion, 1000-1500: A Reader," second edition, brings together a unique collection of 82 sources that casts light on the beliefs and practices of ordinary Christians in the Middle Ages whose religious lives have often been overlooked by historians and theologians. Documents new to this edition include a new translation of the English peasant Thurkill's t...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 556 pages
Published October 20th 2006 by University of Toronto Press
(first published May 20th 1997)
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An excellent collection of primary sources, but at more than 500 pages, it is something to graze in rather than attempt to read straight through. I particularly liked reading the "commonplaceplace book" of a reeve (where he records various facts, legends, and other bits of information, including dirty jokes and proverbs) and an account of St. Gwinefort, a greyhound which was unjustly slain by his master, and in recognition of his martyrdom the locals began to honor him as a saint, eventually dev...more
John R. Shinners is a professor of Humanistic Studies at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame (IN).More about John Shinners...