By John M. Riddle
This transparent and finished textual content covers the center a long time from the classical period to the overdue medieval interval. distinct historian John Riddle presents a cogent research of the rulers, wars, and events—both average and human—that outlined the medieval period. Taking a extensive geographical viewpoint, Riddle comprises northern and jap Europe, Byzantine civilization, and the Islamic states. each one, he convincingly indicates, provided values and institutions—religious devotion, toleration and intolerance, legislation, methods of considering, and altering roles of women—that presaged modernity. as well as conventional subject matters of pen, sword, and observe, the writer explores different riding forces resembling technology, faith, and know-how in ways in which prior textbooks haven't. He additionally examines such often-overlooked concerns as medieval gender roles and medication and seminal occasions akin to the crusades from the vantage aspect of either Muslims and jap and western Christians.
In addition to an intensive chronological narrative, the textual content bargains humanizing positive aspects to interact scholars. each one bankruptcy opens with a theme-setting vignette concerning the lives of normal and striking humans. The e-book additionally introduces scholars to key controversies and subject matters in historiography by means of that includes in each one bankruptcy a fashionable medieval historian and the way his or her rules have formed modern pondering the center a long time. Richly illustrated with colour plates, this full of life, attractive e-book will immerse readers within the medieval international, an period that formed the root for the trendy international.
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For an interesting study of the religions which focused on a Mother Goddess figure see Merlin Stone, The Paradise Papers (London, 1976). For the worship of the Goddess in ancient Europe, see Marija Gimbutas, The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe: Myths and Cult Images (London, 1982) and The Language of the Goddess: Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization (San Francisco, 1989). For an account of the transformation and assimilation of the Goddess by western Christianity, see Pamela Berger, The Goddess Obscured: Transformations of the Grain Protectress from Goddess to Saint (Hale, 1988).
128–41. An edition of this redacted version of the text appears in Meech and Allen, The Book of Margery Kempe, pp. 353–7. See also Introduction, pp. xlvi–xlviii, for a discussion of its compilation. For an examination of the possible reasons for the eradicating of Margery’s voice in this text see my forthcoming essay, ‘ “Closyd in a hows of ston”: Anchoritic Discourse and The Book of Margery Kempe’, in Liz Herbert McAvoy and Mari Hughes-Edwards (eds), Intersections of Gender and Enclosure: Anchorites, Wombs and Tombs (Cardiff, forthcoming 2004).
31 (Oxford, 1994). qxd 4/27/04 5:04 PM Page 33 MOTHERHOOD AND MARGERY is far more concerned with the implications of her early contamination by the sins of vanity, pride, covetousness and lechery to which she fell prey as a young wife and mother, rather than providing a literal representation of an adherence to the more socially acceptable role of mother to fourteen children. 19 For this reason, when domestic and maternal specificities are documented in the text, they take on special emphasis and serve not merely as contextual autobiographical material but as points of reference for the establishment of a series of powerful hermeneutics which will continue to surface at strategic points within the narrative.
A History of the Middle Ages, 300-1500 (2nd Edition) by John M. Riddle