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- DescriptionIn these lively and incisive essays, Andre Vauchez, a leading French historian of medieval religious life, explores the religious beliefs and devotional practices of laypeople in medieval Europe. Vauchez's previous books established him as an authority on medieval sanctity. In The Laity in the Middle Ages he turns his attention to the various forms of devotion that flourished on the fringes of officially recognized sanctity. The recurrent theme is the struggle, never entirely successful, of the Christian laity to carve out for themselves a religious role that would confer spiritual dignity on the circumstances and concerns of their daily lives. This volume grapples with some of the most important and most difficult issues in medieval history: the nature of popular devotion, the role of religion in civic life, the sociology of religious attitudes and practices, and the relationship between the intersecting spheres of lay and clerical culture. The essays that examine how spiritual ideals of chastity shaped the social practice of marriage and how the intimate experiences of female visionaries and mystics impinged on the formal structure of the Church are a teworthy addition to the rapidly growing body of literature on women in the Middle Ages.
- Author BiographyANDRE VAUCHEZ is the former director of the French School in Rome and member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Letters, master of studies at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, and professor of medieval history at the University of Rouen (1980-1982) and at the University of Paris X Nanterre (1983-1995). He was awarded the Balzan Prize for Medieval History in 2013. DANIEL E. BORNSTEIN is professor of history and religious studies and Stella K. Darrow Professor of Catholic Studies, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Margery J. Schneider is the translator of The End of the Past: Ancient Rome and the Modern West and Women and Religion in Medieval and Renaissance Italy.
- Author(s)Andre Vauchez
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication31/12/1996
- SubjectChristianity: General
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Weight501 g
- Width154 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Edited byDaniel E. Bornstein
- Translated byMargery J. Schneider
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