By Richard F. Johnson

The cult and legends of St Michael the archangel have been common in medieval England, and this publication - the 1st full-length learn of the topic - bargains a finished exam in their genesis and diffusion. half I identifies and analyses the troubles, conflicts, and roles with which St Michael is linked, from scriptural and apocryphal literature via to the homiletic literature of the medieval interval. half II starts with a dialogue of the vernacular recensions of the preferred account of the archangel's earthly interventions, and is going directly to survey the mythical debts in outdated English, Anglo-Norman, and center English of the archangel and his roles as parent, intercessor, psychopomp, and warrior-angel follows. The Appendices comprise the 1st English translation of the archangel's hagiographic foundation-myth; an annotated bibliographical checklist and motif index of textual fabrics in terms of the archangel; and an essay at the iconographic representations of the archangel in medieval England. RICHARD F. JOHNSON is Assistant Professor of English at William Rainey Harper university.

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By Susanna Gregory

In the summertime of 1358 Matthew Bartholomew reveals himself one in every of a celebration of Bishop's Commissioners, despatched north to enquire the mysterious disappearance of the Abbot of Peterborough. He and his colleagues fast research that in the back of the gorgeous façade of the Benedictine monastery there's a vicious fight for strength, and that no longer everybody will be chuffed to determine the prelate's secure return.

This unrest and discontent turns out to have unfold in the course of the city, and there are sour rivalries among competing shrines and the monetary advantages of the relics they carry. this sort of shrines is devoted to Lawrence de Oxforde, a robber and assassin who was once completed for his crimes, yet who has been commemorated ever because miracles all started happening at his grave. but if Bartholomew and his pal Brother Michael visit examine, they locate homicide instead...

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By Janice Neri

Once thought of marginal contributors of the animal global (at most sensible) or vile and offensive creatures (at worst), bugs observed a amazing uptick of their prestige in the course of the early Renaissance. This quickened curiosity used to be basically manifested in visible images—in illuminated manuscripts, nonetheless lifestyles work, the ornamental arts, embroidery, cloth layout, and cupboards of interest. In The Insect and the Image, Janice Neri explores the ways that such imagery outlined the insect as a formal topic of analysis for Europeans of the early glossy period.

It was once now not until eventually the 16th century that bugs started to appear because the sole concentration of work and drawings—as remoted items, or specimens, opposed to a clean heritage. The artists and different snapshot makers Neri discusses deployed this “specimen common sense” and so linked themselves with a style of picturing during which the power to create a hugely distinct snapshot used to be an indication of inventive expertise and a keenly observant eye. The Insect and the Image exhibits how specimen good judgment either mirrored and complex a selected figuring out of the common world—an realizing that, in flip, supported the commodification of nature that used to be significant to worldwide alternate and trade throughout the early smooth era.

Revealing how 16th- and seventeenth-century artists and snapshot makers formed principles of the wildlife, Neri’s paintings complements our wisdom of the convergence of artwork, technological know-how, and trade today.

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By Peter Spufford

This can be a full-scale research of the heritage of cash, now not in simple terms of coinage, to were written for medieval Europe. The ebook isn't really restricted to at least one nation, or to anyone interval or subject matter, yet extracts an important components for the historian around the broadest attainable canvas. Its scope extends from the mining of necessary metals at the one hand, to banking, together with using cheques and money owed of alternate, at the different. Chapters are prepared chronologically, instead of locally or thematically, and provide an in depth photo of the numerous and altering roles performed by means of funds, in all its kinds, in all components of Europe during the heart a long time. hence funds is obvious as having differing values for differing components of person societies. The booklet indicates funds relocating and altering because of conflict and exchange and different political, fiscal and ecclesiastical actions with out regard for nationwide limitations or the meant separation among 'East' and 'West'.

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By Eric Christiansen

The 'Northern Crusades', encouraged by way of the Pope's demand a Holy warfare, are much less celebrated than these within the heart East, yet they have been additionally extra profitable: monstrous new territories turned and stay Christian, resembling Finland, Estonia and Prussia. Newly revised within the mild of the hot advancements in Baltic and northerly medieval examine, this authoritative review presents a balanced and compelling account of a tumultuous period.

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By Jennifer C. Vaught

Susan Sontag in "Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors" issues to the important connection among metaphors and physically health problems, and notwithstanding her analyses bargains often with sleek literary works. This selection of essays examines the immense volume to which rhetorical figures regarding ailment and well-being - metaphor, simile, pun, analogy, image, personification, allegory, oxymoron, and metonymy - tell medieval and early smooth literature, faith, technology, and drugs in England and its surrounding eu context. in response to the serious pattern during the last decade to foreground the problem of the physique and the feelings, those essays tune the advance of sustained, nuanced rhetorics of physically sickness and health-physical, emotional, and religious. The individuals to this assortment technique their fascinating matters from quite a lot of well timed, theoretical, and interdisciplinary views, together with the philosophy of language, semiotics, and linguistics; ecology; women's and gender reviews; faith; and, the background of drugs. The essays specialize in works through Dante, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton between others; the genres of epic, lyric, satire, drama, and the sermon; and cultural background artifacts similar to medieval anatomies, the mathematics of plague money owed of mortality, meteorology, and clinical publications for fit regimens.

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By Frances Gies

A magisterial historical past of the origins, fact, and legend of the knight

Born out of the chaos of the early center a while, the armored and hugely cellular knight revolutionized battle and quick turned a mythic determine in historical past. From the Knights Templars and English knighthood to the crusades and chivalry, The Knight in History, via acclaimed medievalist Frances Gies, bestselling coauthor of Life in a Medieval Castle, paints a impressive precise photo of knighthood—exploring the knight’s earliest visual appeal as an agent of lawless violence, his reemergence as a dynamic social entity, his eventual disappearance from the eu degree, and his transformation into Western culture’s so much iconic hero.

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By Fernand Braudel

The concluding quantity of the trilogy charts the expansion of the area economic system from the 15th to the eighteenth century targeting the human job that underlies the enterprise of lifestyles - the bustle of the marketplace, the nice manipulators of capital, the labour of the slave, the peasant and manufacturing facility staff, the models of the wealthy and the increase of the good monetary centres of Genoa, Venice, Amsterdam and London.

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