Medieval Christianity in Practice

Medieval Christianity in Practice



"Comprising forty-two selections from primary source materials, each translated with an introduction and commentary by a specialist in the field, this collection illustrates the religious cycles, rituals, and experiences that gave meaning to medieval Christian individuals and communities. The texts represent the practices through which Christians conducted their individual, family, and community lives and explore such life-cycle events as birth, confirmation, marriage, sickness, death, and burial. The texts also document religious practices related to themes of work, parish life, and devotions, as well as power and authority" -- From publisher's description.


Baptismal practice in Germany / Peter Cramer -- Cathars and baptism / Shulamith Shahar -- The early medieval barbatoria / Yitzhak Hen -- Lollard instruction / Rita Copeland -- Florentine marriage in the fifteenth century / Christiane Klapisch-Zuber -- Annulment of Henry III's "marriage" to Joan of Ponthieu confirmed by Innocent IV on 20 May 1254 / David d'Avray -- Agius of Corvey's account of the death of Hathumoda, first abbess of Gandersheim, in 874 / Frederick S. Paxton -- A royal funeral of 1498 / Alain Boureau -- Charms to ward off sheep and pig murrain / William C. Jordan -- Fishermen and mariners / Harold S. Fox -- Storms at sea on a voyage between Rhodes and Venice, November 1470 / Olivia Remie Constable -- Rules and ritual on the Second Crusade campaign to Lisbon, 1147 / Susanna A. Throop -- The consecration of church space / Dominique Iogna-Prat -- Fourteenth-century instructions for bedside pastoral care / Joseph Ziegler -- How to behave in church and how to become a priest / Daniel Bornstein -- A sermon on the virtues of the contemplative life / Katherine L. Jansen -- Preaching and pastoral care of a devout woman (deo devota) in fifteenth-century Basel / Hans-Jochen Schiewer -- Doing penance / Sarah Hamilton -- A penitential diet / Rob Meens -- A layman's penance / Joseph Goering -- Prayers / Virginia Reinburg -- Two healing prayers / Eamon Duffy -- Images in the world : reading the crucifixion / Sara Lipton -- The Old English nine herbs charm / Debby Banham -- Amulets and charms / Peter Murray Jones -- A deaf-mute's story / Sharon Farmer -- Bequests for the poor / Brigitte Resl -- Translation of the body of St. Junianus / Thomas Head -- Pilgrimage and spiritual healing in the ninth century / Julia M.H. Smith -- Interrogation of Waldensians / Peter Biller -- The lives of the Beghards / Walter Simons -- The renovation of the chapel in the Beguinage of Lille / Penny Galloway -- The practices of Devotio moderna / John Van Engen -- The possession of Blessed Jordan of Saxony / Aviad M. Kleinberg -- On the stigmatization of Saint Margaret of Hungary / Gábor Klaniczay -- Eschatological prophecy : "woe to the world in one hundred years" / Robert E. Lerner -- Raymond de Sabanac, preface to Constance de Rabastens, 'The revelations' / Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski -- The life of the hermit Stephen of Obazine / György Geréby and Piroska Nagy -- Creating an anchorhold / Alexandra Barratt -- The ritual for the ordination of nuns / Nancy Bradley Warren -- An Anglo-Saxon queen's consecration / Janet L. Nelson -- Mass at the election of the mayor of London, 1406 / Caroline Barron.



Publication Date



Princeton University Press


Princeton, N.J.


Christian life, Middle Ages, history, Europe, religious life and customs, sources


Arts and Humanities | Christianity | European History | History | History of Christianity | History of Religion | Medieval History | Medieval Studies | Religion


Part of the series: Princeton readings in religions

Medieval Christianity in Practice