English Mystics of the Middle Ages (Cambridge English Prose Texts)

This version brings jointly for the 1st time key texts representing the writings of the medieval English mystics. The texts are newly edited from manuscripts, and are supplemented with notes and a thesaurus. The e-book makes a speciality of 5 significant authors, Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, the nameless writer of The Cloud of Unknowing, Dame Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe; extracts from modern translations also are incorporated to demonstrate the reception of ecu mystical texts in later medieval England.

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Medieval Weapons: An Illustrated History of Their Impact (Weapons and Warfare)

By Robert D. Smith, Kelly DeVries

Within the heart a long time, the shortcoming of standardized guns intended that one warrior's fingers have been usually relatively various from another's, even if they have been scuffling with at the related aspect. And with few significant technological advances in that interval, the evolution of these guns over the centuries was once incremental. yet evolve they eventually did, bringing palms, armor, and siege guns to the brink of the fashionable period. From the autumn of the Roman Empire to the beginnings of the Renaissance, Medieval guns: An Illustrated background in their Impact covers the inexorable transformation from warrior within the mail blouse to completely armored knight, from the times of spears and swords to the large-scale adoption of the handgun.

Medieval guns covers this attention-grabbing expanse of centuries in chapters dedicated to the early medieval, Carolingian, campaign, and past due medieval classes. inside every one interval, the ebook information how guns and armor have been constructed, what guns have been used for various different types of battles, and the way guns and armor either stimulated, and have been stimulated by way of, altering strategies in battles and sieges.

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Lords and Communities in Early Medieval East Anglia

By Andrew Wareham

The interval among the past due 10th and overdue 12th centuries observed many adjustments within the constitution and composition of the eu and English aristocracy. some of the most vital is the expansion in neighborhood strength bases and patrimonies on the cost of wider estate and kinship ties. during this quantity, the writer makes use of the enterprise of aristocracy in East Anglia as a case-study to discover the problem as an entire, contemplating the level to which neighborhood households followed nationwide and eu values, and investigating the position of neighborhood situations within the formula of nearby styles and frameworks. The publication is interdisciplinary in method, utilizing anthropological, monetary and prosopographical learn to examine issues reminiscent of marriage and kinship, social mobility, relatives among secular and ecclesiastical lords, ethnic teams, and styles of financial progress among social groupings; there's a specific concentration too on how diversified landscapes - fenland, upland, coastal and concrete - affected the trend of aristocratic event. Dr ANDREW WAREHAM is a learn affiliate on the Centre for Computing within the Humanities at King's university London.

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The Lost Abbot: The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew (Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles)

By Susanna Gregory

In the summertime of 1358 Matthew Bartholomew unearths himself one among a celebration of Bishop's Commissioners, despatched north to enquire the mysterious disappearance of the Abbot of Peterborough. He and his colleagues quick examine that at the back of the gorgeous fa├žade of the Benedictine monastery there's a vicious fight for energy, and that no longer everybody will be chuffed to work out the prelate's secure return.

This unrest and discontent turns out to have unfold during the city, and there are sour rivalries among competing shrines and the monetary merits of the relics they carry. this type of shrines is devoted to Lawrence de Oxforde, a robber and assassin who used to be performed for his crimes, yet who has been commemorated ever considering miracles all started happening at his grave. but if Bartholomew and his buddy Brother Michael visit examine, they locate homicide instead...

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Medieval Violence: Physical Brutality in Northern France, 1270-1330 (Oxford Historical Monographs)

By Hannah Skoda

Medieval Violence presents a close research of the perform of medieval brutality, targeting a thriving sector of northern France within the overdue 13th and early fourteenth centuries. It examines how violence was once conceptualised during this interval, and makes use of this framework to enquire road violence, tavern brawls, city rebellions, scholar misbehaviour, and household violence. The interactions among those a variety of different types of violence are tested with a view to reveal the complicated and communicative nature of medieval brutality. what's frequently pushed aside as dysfunctional behaviour is proven to were hugely strategic and socially crucial. Violence used to be a functionality, established upon the areas within which it happened. certainly, brutality used to be contingent upon social and cultural buildings. whilst, the typical stereotype of the thoughtlessly brutal center a while is challenged, as attitudes in the direction of violence are printed to were advanced, stricken, and ambivalent. even if violence may possibly functionality successfully as a kind of conversation which can order and harmonise society, or no matter if it necessarily degenerated into chaotic sickness the place which means was once multivalent and incomprehensible, remained an issue of ongoing debate in various contexts. utilizing numerous resource fabric, together with felony documents, well known literature, and sermons, Hannah Skoda explores stories of, and attitudes in the direction of, violence, and highlights profound modern ambiguity relating its nature and legitimacy.

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Divine Ventriloquism in Medieval English Literature: Power, Anxiety, Subversion (The New Middle Ages)

By Mary Hayes

Divine Ventriloquism in Medieval English Literature experiences medieval attitudes in the direction of the human mediation of God's and Christ's voices and therefore attends to how medieval humans resignified a pagan perform. As Mary Hayes demonstrates, the ventriloquized divine voice eventually allows an exploration of human relationships with God in addition to mundane relationships among the divine voice's specific clerical mediators and their lay audiences.

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Wheel of Fate (Roger the Chapman Mysteries)

By Kate Sedley

In fifteenth-century London, the child-king isn't the just one less than possibility - 1483. Amidst the chaos following the demise of King Edward IV, Roger the Chapman is termed to London to enquire a chance to the Godslove relatives. some time past 12 months, there were deaths and a mysterious poisoning. Roger dismisses their concerns at the start yet, whilst one other family member disappears, he stumbles throughout a surprising mystery that threatens to ruin the complete Godslove relations . . .

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Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages

By Aleksander Pluskowski

The wolf, a typical metaphor for vice in medieval Christian literature, is this day an iconic image of the serious worry and lack of confidence that a few go together with the center a long time. in fact, responses to wolves assorted throughout medieval Europe. even supposing now not depending on the barren region, wolves have been conceptually associated with this setting - which even supposing at the fringes of medieval society, turned more and more exploited from the 8th to fourteenth centuries, so bringing humans and farm animals in the direction of the wolf.This publication compares responses to wolves, targeting areas, Britain and southern Scandinavia. It seems on the distribution of wolves within the panorama, their capability effect as predators on either animals and other people, and their use as commodities, in literature, paintings, cosmology and identification. It additionally investigates the explanations (both functional and cultural) for the eradication of wolves in England, yet their survival at the Scandinavian peninsula. ALEKSANDER PLUSKOWSKI is Junior study Fellow in Medieval Archaeology, Clare university, Cambridge

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