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MEDV5295 Religious Communities and the Individual Experience of Religion, 1200-1500

Religious Communities and the Individual Experience of Religion, 1200-1500, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Maroula Perisanidi
M.Perisanidi@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General

Christine Caldwell Ames, ‘Medieval Religious, Religions, Religion’, History compass, 10 (2012), 334-53 [E]

Peter Biller and Alastair J. Minnis, eds, Medieval theology and the natural body ISBN: 9780952973409 (hardback : alk. paper); 0952973405 (hardback : alk. paper) (Woodbridge, Suffolk: York Medieval Press, 1997)

Charles F. Briggs, The body broken : medieval Europe 1300-1520 (London: Routledge, 2011), especially part III: Religion and Devotion, pp. 179-228

G.W. Bernard, The late medieval English church : vitality and vulnerability before the break with Rome (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012)

Daniel E. Bornstein, ed., Medieval Christianity (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010)

F. Donald Logan, A history of the church in the Middle Ages, 2nd edn (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013)

John H. Lynch and Philipp C. Adamo, The medieval church : a brief history, 2nd edn (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014)

Alastair Minnis and Rosalind Voaden, eds, Medieval holy women in the Christian tradition c.1100-c.1500 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010)

Miri Rubin, Corpus Christi : the Eucharist in late Medieval culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Robert N. Swanson, Religion and devotion in Europe, c.1215-c.1515 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

John Van Engen, ‘The Middle Ages as an Historiographical Problem’, The American historical review. ISSN: 0002-8762, 91 (1986), 519-52

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Primary sources

Many can be found on-line in the Internet Medieval Sourcebook: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html

Another good source of selected primary material is the companion site to Lynch/Adamo, The Medieval Church (2014): http://www.routledge.com/cw/lynch/

The Bible: A number of translations are available. The Douai-Rheims version is a translation of the Latin Vulgate, the version used throughout the Middle Ages: see http://www.drbo.org/

Catholic England : faith, religion and observance before the Reformation, ed. by Robert N. Swanson (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993)

Early Dominicans : selected writings, ed. by Simon Tugwell (New York: Paulist Press, 1982)

Francis of Assisi : early documents. Vol.1, The saint, ed. by Regis J. Armstrong, J. A. Wayne Hellmann and William J. Short (New York: New City Press, 1999)

Francis of Assisi : early documents. Vol.3, The prophet, ed. by Regis J. Armstrong, J. A. Wayne Hellmann and William J. Short (New York: New City Press, 2001)

Friars' tales : thirteenth-century exempla from the British Isles, ed. by David Jones (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011)

Medieval Christianity in practice, ed. by Miri Rubin (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009)

Medieval Popular Religion 1000-1500: A Reader, 2nd edition, ed. by John Shinners (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2007)

Medieval saints : a reader, ed. by Mary-Ann Stouck (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 1999)

Monasticism in late medieval England, c.1300-1535, ed. by Martin Heale (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993)

Women and monasticism in medieval Europe : sisters and patrons of the Cistercian Reform, ed. by Constance H. Berman (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2002)

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Week 1: Frameworks of religious experience

Christine Caldwell Ames, ‘Medieval Religious, Religions, Religion’, History compass. ISSN: 1478-0542., 10 (2012), 334-53 [E]

John Arnold, Belief and Unbelief in Medieval Europe (London: Hodder, 2005; repr. 2010) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

James William Brodman, Charity and religion in medieval Europe (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2009), especially chapter 1: ‘The Pious and the Practical: An Ideology of Charity’

Albrecht Classen, ‘Imaginary Experience of the Divine: Felix Fabri's “Sionspilger” – Late-Medieval Pilgrimage Literature as a Window into Religious Mentality’, Studies in spirituality. ISSN: 0926-6453, 15 (2005), 109-28

Amy Hollywood, ‘Mysticism and Transcendence’, in Christianity in Western Europe, c.1100-c.1500, 4: Christianity in Western Europe c.1100-c.1500, ed. by Miri Rubin and Walter Simons (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 297-307  

Katherine French, ‘Religion and Popular Beliefs: Choices, Constraints, and Creativity for Christian Women’, in A cultural history of women in the Middle Ages, ed. by Kim Philips (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), pp. 59-83 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Aron Gurevich, ‘Spirit and Matter: The Ambivalence of Medieval Everyday Religiosity’, Medium Aevum Quotidianum, 57 (2008), 5-11  

Eyal Poleg, Approaching the Bible in medieval England (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)

Sethina Watson and Norman Tanner, ‘Least of the Laity: The Minimum Requirements for a Medieval Christian’, Journal of Medieval History., 32 (2006), 395-423 [E]

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Week 2: How did people learn about religion?

David D'Avray, ‘Popular and Elite Religion: Feastdays and Preaching’, in Elite and Popular Religion, ed. by Kate Cooper, Elite and popular religion, Studies in Church History, 42 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2006), pp. 162-79 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Eamon Duffy, The stripping of the altars : traditional religion in England, 1400-1580 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992, rev. edn. 2005), section C ‘Prayers and Spells’

E.A. Jones, ‘Literature of Religious Instruction’, in A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture, c. 1350 - c. 1500, ed. by Peter Brown (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), pp. 406-22

Andrew Reeves, 'Teaching Confession in Thirteenth-Century England', in A companion to priesthood and Holy Orders in the Middle Ages ISBN: 9789004236738 (hardback : alk. paper); 9789004305861 (e-book), ed. by Greg Peters and C. Colt Anderson (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 252-280

Catherine Rider, ‘Lay Religion and Pastoral Care in Thirteenth-century England: The Evidence of a Group of Short Confession Manuals’, Journal of Medieval history., 36 (2010), 327-40 [E]

Norman P. Tanner, ‘Pastoral Care: The Fourth Lateran Council of 1215’, in A history of pastoral care, ed. by G. R. Evans (London: Cassell, 2000), pp. 112-25 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Ronald J. Stansbury, ed., A companion to pastoral care in the late Middle Ages (1200-1500) (1200-1500) (Leiden: Brill, 2010), chapters 2, 3, 7 and 8

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Week 3: Being a monk

Julie Barrau, ‘Did Medieval Monks Actually Speak Latin? ’, in Understanding monastic practices of oral communication (Western Europe, tenth-thirteenth centuries) (Western Europe, Tenth-Thirteenth Centuries), ed. by Steven Vanderputten (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), pp. 293-317 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

[this focuses on 11th and 12th centuries, but is still useful for the later period]

Aidan Bellenger, ‘A Medieval Novice's Formation: Reflection on a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript at Downside Abbey’, in Medieval monastic education, ed. by George Ferzoco and Carolyn A. Muessig (London: Leicester University Press, 2000), pp. 35-40

David Bell, ‘Libraries and Scriptoria’, in The Cambridge companion to the Cistercian order, ed. by Mette Birkedal Bruun (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 140-50 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

David Bell, ‘Monastic Libraries: 1400–1557’, in The Cambridge history of the book in Britain., 3: 1400–1557, ed. by Lotte Hellinga and J.B. Trapp (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 229-54 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Susan Boynton, ‘Training for the Liturgy as a Form of Monastic Education’, in Medieval monastic education, ed. by George Ferzoco and Carolyn A. Muessig (London: Leicester University Press, 2000), pp. 7-20

James G. Clark, ‘Monastic Education in Late Medieval England’, in The Church and learning in later medieval society : essays in honour of R.B. Dobson : proceedings of the 1999 Harlaxton Symposium y, ed. by Caroline Barron and J. Stratford (Stamford: Shaun Tyas, 2002), pp. 25-40 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

James G. Clark, 'Why Men became Monks in Late Medieval England', in Religious men and masculine identity in the Middle Ages ISBN: 184383863X; 9781843838630, ed. by P.H. Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis, Gender in the Middle Ages, 9 (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2013), pp. 16-83

Vincent Gillespie, ‘Syon and the New Learning’, in The religious orders in pre-Reformation England, ed. by James G. Clark (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2002), pp. 75-95 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Martin Heale, ‘“Not a Thing for a Stranger to Enter upon”: The Selection of Monastic Superiors in Late Medieval and Tudor England’, in Monasteries and society in the British Isles in the later Middle Ages, ed. by Karen Stöber and James Burton (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2008), pp. 51-68 Available online

Martin Heale, ‘Training in Superstition? Monasteries and Popular Religion in Late Medieval and Reformation England’, Journal of ecclesiastical history., 58 (2007), 417-39

Emilia Jamroziak, The Cistercian order in medieval Europe, 1090-1500 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013), chapter 8 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Julie Kerr, Life in the medieval cloister (London: Continuum, 2009) [popular book but with a good discussion of the lived experience of being a monk]

Carolyn Marino Malone and Clark Maines, eds, Consuetudines et regulae : sources for monastic life in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, Disciplina Monastica, 10 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014)

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Week 4: Being a friar

Frances Andrews, The other friars : the Carmelite, Augustinian, Sack and Pied Friars in the Middle Ages (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2006)

David S. Bachrach, ‘The Friars Go to War: Mendicant Military Chaplains, 1216-c.1300’, The Catholic historical review., 90 (2004), 617-33 [E]

Caroline Bruzelius, ‘The Architecture of the Mendicant Orders in the Middle Ages: An Overview of Recent Literature’, Perspectives: La revue de l’INHA, 2 (2012), 365-86 Available online: https://perspective.revues.org/195?lang=en

Anne Holloway and Anna Welch, 'The Founder as alter Christus: Communal Identities among the Orders of Friars MInor and the Order of Preachers in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries', in Interpreting Francis and Clare of Assisi : from the Middle Ages to the present ISBN: 9780980663464, ed. by Constant J. Mews and Claire Renkin (Mulgrave: Broughton Publishing, 2010), pp. 75-91

Timothy Johnson, ed., Franciscans at prayer (Leiden: Brill, 2007)

Maureen Jurkowski, ‘Were Friars Paid Salaries? Evidence from Clerical Taxation Records’, in Exploring the evidence : commemoration, administration and the economy, ed. by Linda Clark, The Fifteenth Century, 13 (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2014), pp. 131-52

Annette Kehnel, ‘The Narrative Tradition of the Medieval Franciscan Friars on the British Isles. Introduction to the Sources’, Franciscan studies., 63 (2005), 461-530 (especially pp. 461-75) Available online: http://www.geschichte.uni-mannheim.de/arbeitsbereiche/mittelalterliche_geschichte/Team/Prof.%20Dr.%20Anette%20Kehnel/Publikationen/narrative_tradition_pdf/kehnel_narrative_tradition_of_the_medieval_franciscan_friars_2005.pdf   

C.H. Lawrence, The friars : the impact of the early mendicant movement on Western society , rev. edn (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013)

Angela Montford, ‘To Preach and to Pray: Considerations of Occupational Health in the Mendicant Orders’, in The use and abuse of time in Christian history : papers read at the 1999 Summer Meeting and the 2000 Winter Meeting of the Ecclesiastical History Society, ed. by Robert N. Swanson, Studies in Church History, 37 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2002), pp. 95-106 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Marian M. Mulchahey, "First the bow is bent in study-- : Dominican education before 1350 (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1998)

Colmán Ó Clabaigh, The friars in Ireland, 1224-1540 (Dublin: Fourt Courts Press, 2012), chapters 5, 7 and 9

Donald Prudlo, ed., The origin, development, and refinement of medieval religious mendicancies (Boston: Brill, 2011)

Bert Roest, A history of Franciscan education (c. 1210-1517) (c. 1210-1517) (Leiden: Brill, 2000)

Bert Roest, ‘The Role of Lectors in the Religious Formation of Friars, Nuns and Tertiaries’, in Studio e studia : le scuole degli ordini mendicanti tra XIII e XIV secolo : atti del XXIX Convegno internazionale, Assisi, 11-13 ottobre 2001. (Spoleto: Centro italiano di studi sull’alto Medioevo, 2002), pp. 83-115

Jens Röhrkasten, The mendicant houses of medieval London, 1221-1539, Vita Regularis, 21 (Münster: LIT, 2004), especially chapter 3: ‘Life in Mendicant Houses’

John Van Engen, ‘Dominic and the Brothers: Vitae as Life-forming Exempla in the Order of Preachers’, in Christ among the medieval Dominicans : representations of Christ in the texts and images of the Order of Preachers: ed. by Kent Emery, Jr., and Joseph Wawrykow (Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press, 1998), pp. 7-25

Michael A. Vargas, Taming a brood of vipers : conflict and change in fourteenth-century Dominican convents: (Leiden: Brill, 2011)

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Week 5: Being a nun

James C. Bond, ‘Medieval Nunneries in England and Wales: Buildings, Precincts and Estates’, in Women and religion in medieval England, ed. by Diane Wood (Oxford: Oxbow, 2003), pp. 46-90 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Caroline Bruzelius, ‘Hearing is Believing: Clarissan Architecture, c. 1213-1340’, Gesta, 31 (1992), 83-91; repr. in: Medieval religion : new approaches, ed. by Constance Hoffman Berman (New York: Routledge, 2005), pp. 272-89 Available online

Janet Burton, ‘Cloistered Women and Male Authority: Power and Authority in Yorkshire Nunneries in the Later Middle Ages’, in Thirteenth century England 10 : proceedings of the Durham conference 2003, 10, ed. by Michael Prestwich, Richard Britnell and Robin Frame (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2005), pp. 155-65 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Trever Dean, ‘Fornicating with Nuns in Fifteenth-Century Bologna’, Journal of Medieval history., 4 (2008), 374-82 [E]

Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner, ‘Virtual Pilgrimages? Enclosure and the Practice of Piety at St. Katherine’s Convent, Augsburg’, Journal of ecclesiastical history., 60 (2009), 45-73 [E]

Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner, ‘Creating the Sacred Space within: Enclosure as a Defining Feature in the Convent Life of Medieval Dominican Sisters (13th-15th c.)’, Viator., 41 (2010), 301-16

Elisabeth Freeman, ‘The Priory of Hampole and its Literary Culture: English Religious Women and Books in the Age of Richard Rolle’, Parergon, 29 (2012), 1-25

Roberta Gilchrist, Gender and material culture : the archaeology of religious women (London: Routledge, 1994), chapters 1 and 4 EBook available

Michael Goodich, ‘The Contours of Female Piety in Later Medieval Hagiography’, in Lives and miracles of the saints : studies in medieval Latin hagiography, Variorum Collected Studies, 798 (Aldershot: Ashgate: 2004), Essay 10, pp. 20-32 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Fiona J. Griffiths, 'Monks and Nuns at Rupertsberg: Guibert of Gembloux and Hildegard of Bingen', in Partners in spirit : women, men, and religious life in Germany, 1100-1500 ISBN: 9782503540962 (hbk.); 2503540961 (hbk.). ed. by Fiona J. Griffiths and Julie Hotchin (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 145-69

Anna Harrison, ‘“I am wholly your own”: Liturgical Piety and Community among the Nuns of Helfta’, Church history : studies in Christianity and culture., 78 (2009), 549-83 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Julie Hotchin, ‘Reformatrices and their Books: Religious Women and Reading Networks in Fifteenth-Century Germany’, in Communities of learning : networks and the shaping of intellectual identity in Europe, 1100-1500, ed. by Constant J. Mews and John N. Crossley, Europa sacra, 9 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), pp. 251-91 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Emilia Jamroziak, The Cistercian order in medieval Europe, 1090-1500 (London: Routledge, 2013), chapter 4

Lezlie S. Knox, Creating Clare of Assisi : female Franciscan identities in later medieval Italy (Leiden: Brill, 2008) [E]

Anne E. Lester, Creating Cistercian nuns : the women's religious movement and its reform in thirteenth-century Champagne (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011), chapter 2

Bert Roest, ‘The Role of Lectors in the Religious Formation of Friars, Nuns and Tertiaries’, in Studio e studia : le scuole degli ordini mendicanti tra XIII e XIV secolo : atti del XXIX Convegno internazionale, Assisi, 11-13 ottobre 2001. (Spoleto: Centro italiano di studi sull’alto Medioevo, 2002), pp. 83-115

Bert Roest, Order and disorder : the Poor Clares between foundation and reform (Leiden: Brill, 2013), especially chapter 4: ‘Aspects of Community Life’ EBook available

Klaus Schreiner, ‘Pastoral Care in Female Monasteries: Sacramental Services, Spiritual Edification, Ethical Discipline’, in Crown and veil : female monasticism from the fifth to the fifteenth centuries, ed. by Jeffrey Hamburger (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008), pp. 225-44 [the whole volume is very useful] Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Julie Ann Smith, 'Prouille, Madrid, Rome: The Evolution of the Earliest Dominican instituta for Nuns', Journal of Medieval history., 35 (2009), 340-52 [E]

Julie Ann Smith, ‘Clausura districta: Conceiving Space and Community for Dominican Nuns in the Thirteenth Century’, Parergon, 27 (2010), 13-36

Julie Ann Smith, ‘Observing the Gospel: Obedience in the Clarissan formae vitae (1212-53)’, in Interpreting Francis and Clare of Assisi : from the Middle Ages to the present ISBN: 9780980663464, ed. by Constant J. Mews and Claire Renkin (Mulgrave: Broughton Publishing, 2010), pp. 121-34

Julie Ann Smith, ‘“The Hours that They Ought to Direct to the Study of Letters”: Literate Practices in the Constitutions and Rule for the Dominican Sisters’, Parergon, 31 (2014), 73-94

John Van Engen, ‘Communal Life: The Sister Books’, in Medieval holy women in the Christian tradition c.1100-c.1500, ed. by Alastair Minnis and Rosalynn Voaden, Brepols Collected Essays in European Culture, 1 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), pp. 105-31 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Shelley Amiste Wolbrink, ‘Necessary Priests and Brothers: Male-Female Cooperation in the Premonstratensian Women’s Monasteries of Füssenich and Meer, 1140-1260’, in Partners in spirit : women, men, and religious life in Germany, 1100-1500 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 171-212 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Week 6: Religious communities and the lay world

Arnoud-Jan A. Bijsterveld, Do ut des : gift giving, memoria and conflict management in the medieval Low Countries (Hilversum: Verloren, 2007), Introduction, chapters 5 and 7

Michael F. Cusato, ‘The Radical Renewal of Pastoral Care in the Italian Communes, 1150-1250: Prelates, Secular Clergy, and the Mendicant Orders’, in A companion to priesthood and Holy Orders in the Middle Ages ISBN: 9789004236738 (hardback : alk. paper); 9789004305861 (e-book), ed. by Greg Peters and C. Colt Anderson (Leiden, Brill: 2015), pp. 306-345 [E]

Brigitte Dekeyzer, ‘For Eternal Glory and Remembrance: On the Representation of Patrons in Late Medieval Panel Paintings in the Southern Low Countries’, in The The use and abuse of sacred places in late medieval towns, ed. by Paul Trio and Marjan De Smet (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2006), pp. 71-102 Available online

David Foote, ‘Mendicants and the Italian Communes in Salimbene’s Cronaca’, in The origin, development, and refinement of medieval religious mendicancies, ed. by Donald Prudlo (Leiden, Brill, 2011), pp. 197-238 [E]

Brian Golding, '"Desire for the Eternal COuntry": The Laity and the Wider World of Monastic Prayer in Medieval England', in Prayer and thought in monastic tradition : essays in honour of Benedicta Ward S.L.G. ISBN: 9780567060259 (e-book)., ed. by Santha Bhattacharji, Rowan Williams and Dominc Mattos (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 379-405

Emilia Jamroziak, Rievaulx Abbey and its social context, 1132-1300 : memory, locality, and networks (Turnhout: Brepols, 2005), chapter 6 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Daniel R. Lesnick, Preaching in medieval Florence : the social world of Franciscan and Dominican spirituality (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1989)

Julie Kerr, Monastic hospitality : the Benedictines in England, c.1070-c.1250 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2007), chapters 4-6

Colmán Ó Clabaigh, The friars in Ireland, 1224-1540 (Dublin: Fourt Courts Press, 2012), chapter 10 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Michael Robson, ‘The Franciscan Custody of York in the Thirteenth Century’, in The friars in medieval Britain : proceedings of the 2007 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by Nicholas Rogers (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2010), pp. 1-24 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Linda Rollason, ‘The Liber Vitae of Durham and Lay Association with Durham Cathedral Priory in the Later Middle Ages’, in Monasteries and society in medieval Britain : proceedings of the 1994 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by Benjamin B. Thompson (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1999), pp. 277-95 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Jens Röhrkasten, ‘Londoners and London Mendicants in the Late Middle Ages’, Journal of ecclesiastical history., 47 (1996), 446-77 [E]

Jens Röhrkasten, The mendicant houses of medieval London, 1221-1539, 1221-1539, Vita Regularis, 21 (Münster: LIT, 2004), especially chapter 8: ‘Impact and Activities’

Joel Rosenthal, The purchase of paradise : gift giving and the aristocracy, 1307-1485 (London: Routledge, 1972)

Karen Stöber, Late medieval monasteries and their patrons : England and Wales, c.1300-1540 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2007), chapter 3 Available online

Benjamin Thompson, ‘Monasteries and their Patrons at Foundation and Dissolution’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society., ser.6,4 (1994), 103-125

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Week 7: Lay experiences of religion

John Bossy, ‘The Mass as a Social Institution, 1200-1700’, Past & present., 100 (1983), 29-61

James Brodman, Charity and religion in medieval Europe (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2009), pp. 178-221 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Andrew D. Brown, Popular piety in late medieval England : the Diocese of Salisbury 1250-1550 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), chapters 3-6 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Clive Burgess, ‘Pre-Reformation Churchwardens’ Accounts and Parish Government: Lessons from London and Bristol’, English historical review., 117 (2002), 306-332 [E]

Clive Burgess, ‘The Broader Church: A Rejoinder to “Looking Beyond”’, English historical review., 119 (2004), 100-116 [response to Kümin’s criticism below] [E]

Sabrina Corbellini, ‘Beyond Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: A New Approach to Late Medieval Religious Reading’, in Cultures of religious reading in the Late Middle Ages : instructing the soul, feeding the spirit and awakening the passion, ed. by Sabrina Corbellini (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), pp. 33-53 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Mairi Cowan, Death, life, and religious change in Scottish towns, c. 1350-1560 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012), parts 1 and 2

Eamon Duffy, The stripping of the altars : traditional religion in England, 1400-1580 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992, rev. edn. 2005), chapter 4 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Katherine French, ‘“To Free them from Binding”: Women in the Late Medieval Parish’, The journal of interdisciplinary history., 27 (1997), 387-412

C. Pamela Graves, ‘Social Space in the English Medieval Parish Church’, Economy and society., 18 (1989), 297-322

Sally Harper, P.S. Barnwell and Magnus Williamson, eds, Late Medieval liturgies enacted : the experience of worship in cathedral and parish church ISBN: 9781472441379 hardcover alkaline paper; 1472441370 hardcover alkaline paper (Farnham: Ashgate, 2016)

Beat Kümin, ‘Late Medieval Churchwardens’ Accounts and Parish Government: Looking beyond London and Bristol’, English historical review., 119 (2004), 87-99 [answer to Burgess’s 1st article above] [E]

Daniel Rivard, Blessing the world : ritual and lay piety in medieval religion (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2009), chapters 2-4

Stina Fallberg Sundmark, ‘The Rosary and the Wounds of Christ: Devotional Images in Relation to Late Medieval Liturgy and Piety’, in Images and objects in ritual practices in medieval and early modern northern and central Europe, ed. by Krista Kodres and Anu Mänd (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2013), pp. 53-67 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Daniel E. Thiery, Polluting the sacred : violence, faith, and the "civilizing" of parishioners in late medieval England (Leiden: Brill, 2009), chapters 2, 5 and 6

Diana Webb, ‘Defining Space and Devotion in the Middle Ages’, in Defining the holy : sacred space in medieval and early modern Europe, ed. by Andrew Spicer and Sarah Hamilton (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005), pp. 27-47 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Week 8: Hermits and anchorites

Glynn Coppack, ‘“Make Straight in the Desert a Highway for our God”: Carthusians and Community in Late Medieval England’, in Monasteries and society in the British Isles in the later Middle Ages, ed. by Janet Burton and Karen Stöber (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2008), pp. 168-82 Available online

Martin Dennis, ‘Carthusians as Advocates of Women Visionary Reformers’, in Studies in Carthusian monasticism in the late Middle Ages, ed. by Julian M. Luxford (Turnhout: Brepols, 2008), pp. 127-53

James Hogg, ‘Life in an English Charterhouse in the Fifteenth Century: Discipline and Daily Affairs’, in Studies in Carthusian monasticism in the late Middle Ages, ed. by Julian M. Luxford (Turnhout: Brepols, 2008), pp. 19-60. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

E.A. Jones, ‘Hermits and Anchorites in Historical Context,’ in Approaching medieval English anchoritic and mystical texts, ed. by Dee Dyas, Valerie Edden and Roger Ellis (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2005), pp. 3-18 Available online

E.A. Jones, ‘Rites of Enclosure: The English ordines for the Enclosing of Anchorites, S. XII – S. XIV’, Traditio : studies in ancient and medieval history, thought and religion 67 (2012), 145-234

Julian Luxford, ‘Texts and Images of Carthusian Foundation’, in Self-representation of medieval religious communities : the British Isles in context, ed. by Anne Müller and Karen Stöber (Berlin: LIT, 2009), pp. 275-306

Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker,’ Maria doctrix: Anchoritic Women, the Mother of God, and the Transmission of Knowledge’, in Seeing and knowing : women and learning in medieval Europe 1200-1550, ed. by Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker (Turnhout: Brepols, 2004), pp. 181-99 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Christopher Roman, ‘Anchoritism and the Everyday: The Sacred-Domestic Discourse in the Ancrene Wisse’, Florilegium., 23 (2007), 99-122

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Week 9: The mixed life: beguines and tertiaries

Michael D. Bailey, ‘Religious Poverty, Mendicancy, and Reform in the Late Middle Ages’, Church history : studies in Christianity and culture., 72 (2003), 457-83 [E]

Juliette Dor, Lesley Johnson, and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, eds, New trends in feminine spirituality : the holy women of Liège and their impact, 2 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1999)

Penelope Galloway, ‘“Discreet and Devout Maidens”: Women’s Involvement in Beguine Communities in Northern France, 1200-1500’, in Medieval women in their communities, ed. by Diane Watt (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1997), pp. 92-115 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Penelope Galloway, ‘“Life, Learning and Wisdom”: The Forms and Functions of Beguine Education’, in Medieval monastic education, ed. by George Ferzoco and Carolyn Muessig (London: Leicester University Press, 2000), pp. 153-67 EBook available

Guido Latré, ‘Beguinages and Female Forms of Spiritual Life in the Low Countries: An Introductory Lecture to a Visit of Leuven Beguinage’, in A wyf ther was : essays in honour of Paule Mertens-Fonck, ed. by Juliette Dor (Liége: Liége Language and Literature, 1992), pp. 219-34

Juan Marin, ‘Annihilation and Deification in Beguine Theology and Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls’, The Harvard theological review., 103 (2010), 89-109 [E]

Mary Walsh Meany, ‘Angela of Foligno: A Eucharistic Model of Lay Sanctity’, in Lay sanctity, medieval and modern : a search for models, ed. by Ann W. Astell (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press: 2000), pp. 61-75

Tanya Stabler Miller, The Beguines of Medieval Paris: (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

Saskia Murk-Jansen, Brides in the desert : the spirituality of the Beguines (Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis Books, 1998)

Ingrid Peterson, ‘The Third Order of Francis’, in The Cambridge companion to Francis of Assisi [electronic resource], ed. by Michael J. P. Robson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011) [E]

Elizabeth Alvilda Petroff, ed., Medieval women's visionary literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986), especially chapters 4, 6 and 7

Bert Roest, ‘Female Preaching in the Late Medieval Franciscan Tradition’, Franciscan studies., 62 (2004), 119-54 Available online: http://www.academia.edu/3522362/Female_Preaching_in_the_Late_Medieval_Franciscan_Tradition

Karen Scott, ‘Catherine of Siena and Lay Sanctity in Fourteenth-Century Italy’, in Lay sanctity, medieval and modern : a search for models, ed. by Ann W. Astell (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2000), pp. 77-90

Walter Simons, Cities of ladies : Beguine communities in the medieval low countries, 1200-1565 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001)

Walter Simons, ‘On the Margins of Religious Life: Hermits and Recluses, Penitents and Tertiaries, Beguines and Beghards’, in The Cambridge History of Christianity, 4: Christianity in Western Europe, c.1100-c.1500, ed. by Miri Rubin and Walter Simons (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 311-23

Jennifer Ward, Women in medieval Europe, 1200-1500 (London: Longman, 2002), especially Chapter 10, ‘Religious Life: Beguines, Penitents, and Recluses’

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Week 10: Visionaries and mystics

Alexandra Barratt, ‘Continental Women Mystics and English Readers’, in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women’s Writing, ed. by Carolyn Dinshaw and David Wallace (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 240-55 [E]

Sarah Beckwith, Christ’s Body: Identity, Culture and Society in Late Medieval Writings (London: Routledge, 1993)

Dyan Elliot, ‘The Physiology of Rapture and Female Spirituality’, in Medieval theology and the natural body, ed. by Peter Biller and A. J. Minnis, York Studies in Medieval Theology, 1 (Woodbridge, Suffolk: York Medieval Press, 1997), pp. 141-73 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Amy Hollywood, ‘Mysticism and Transcendence’, in The Cambridge History of Christianity, 4: Christianity in Western Europe, c.1100-c.1500, ed. by Miri Rubin and Walter Simons (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 297-307

Karma Lochrie, ‘The Language of Transgression: Body, Flesh, and Word in Mystical Discourse’, in Speaking Two Languages: Traditional Disciplines and Contemporary Theory in Medieval Studies, ed. by Allen J. Frantzen (Albany: University of New York Press, 1991), pp. 115-40

Bernard McGinn, The flowering of mysticism : men and women in the new mysticism (1200-1350), The presence of God : a history of western Christian mysticism, 3 (New York: Crossroad, 1998)

Elizabeth Alvilda Petroff, Body and soul : essays on medieval women and mysticism (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994)

Elizabeth Alvilda Petroff, ed., Medieval women's visionary literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986), especially the introduction

Rosalynn Voaden, ed., Prophets abroad : the reception of continental holy women in late-medieval England, ed. by Rosalynn Voaden (Cambridge: Brewer, 1996)

Rosalynn Voaden, ‘Words of Flame and Moving Cloud: the Articulation Debate in the Revelations of Medieval Women Visionaries’, in The Medieval translator. v.6. ISBN: 9782503506944; 2503506941 : proceedings of the International Conference of Göttingen (22-25 July 1996) = Traduire au Moyen Age 6 : actes du Colloque international de Göttingen (22-25 juillet 1996):, ed. by Roger Ellis, René Tixier and Bernd Weitemeier (Turnhout: Brepols, 1998), pp. 159-74 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Rosalynn Voaden, God's words, women's voices : the discernment of spirits in the writing of late-medieval women visionaries (Woodbridge, Suffolk: York Medieval Press, 1999) Chapter One Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Jennifer Ward, Women in medieval Europe, 1200-1500 (London: Longman, 2002), especially chapter 11, ‘Mystics and Saints’

Watson, Nicholas, ‘The Middle English Mystics’, in The Cambridge history of medieval English literature : writing in Britain, 1066-1547, ed. by David Wallace (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 539-65 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Medieval Mystics

Many mystical texts have been edited and translated repeatedly; below is a selection of texts, including editions of these writings in their original language. For the purposes of the module, it does not matter which version or translation you use in preparation for class (for further guidance, see the preparation sheets for each week).

English mystics of the Middle Ages, ed. by Barry A. Windeatt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)

Angela of Foligno:

L'autobiografia e gli scritti della beata Angela da Foligno, ed. by M. Faloci Pulignani and M. Castiglione (Città di Castello: Il Solco, 1932)

The book of divine consolation of the Blessed Angela of Foligno, transl. by Mary G. Steegmann (New York: Cooper Square, 1966)

Angela of Foligno: Complete works, transl. by Paul Lachance (New York: Paulist Press, 1993)

Beatrijs of Nazareth:

Vita Beatricis De autobiografie van de Z. Beatrijs van Tienen, ed. by L. Reypens (Antwerp: Ruusbroeckgenootschap, 1965)

Mediaeval Netherlands religious literature, ed. by Eric Colledge (Leiden: Sythoff, 1965)

Birgitta of Sweden:

Saint Bride and her book : Birgitta of Sweden's revelations, transl. by Julia Bolton Holloway (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1997)

The revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden, transl. by Denis Searby (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006) [E]

Christina of St. Trond (Christina Mirabilis):

The life of Christina Mirabilis by Thomas de Cantimpré, transl. by Margot H. King (Saskatoon: Peregrina Press, 1999)

Hadewijch of Brabant:

Hadewijch: The complete works, transl. by Columba Hart (New York: Paulist Press, 1980)

Julian of Norwich:

A book of showings to the anchoress Julian of Norwich, ed. by Edmund Colledge and James Walsh (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1978)

The writings of Julian of Norwich : A vision showed to a devout woman and A revelation of love, ed. by Nicholas Watson and Jacqueline Jenkins (University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005)

Julian of Norwich, Revelations of divine love, transl. by Clifton Wolters (London: Penguin, 1966)

Julian of Norwich, Revelations of divine love, transl. by Elizabeth Spearing (London: Penguin, 1998)

Julian of Norwich: A revelation of love, ed. by Marion Glasscoe (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 1996)

Margery Kempe:

The book of Margery Kempe : the text from the unique ms. owned by Colonel W. Butler-Bowdon. Vol.1, ed. by Sanford Brown Meech and Hope Emily Allen, Early English Text Society, O.S. 112 (London: Oxford University Press, 1961)

The Book of Margery Kempe, ed. by Barry A. Windeatt (London: Longman, 2000)

The Book of Margery Kempe, transl. by Barry A. Windeatt (London: Penguin, 1985)

Marie d’Oignies:

‘Vita Mariae Oigniacensis’, ed. by Daniel Papebroek, Acta Sanctorum, Iunius 5 (June 23) (Paris, 1867), 542-72 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Two lives of Marie d'Oignies., transl. by Margot H. King and Hugh Feiss (Toronto: Peregrina, 1998)

Meister Eckhart:

Franz Pfeiffer, Meister Eckhart, transl. by C. de B. Evans, 2 vols (London: Watkins, 1924-31)

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