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Bartered Bodies: Medieval Pilgrims And The Tissue Of Faith, George D. Greenia Mar 2019

Bartered Bodies: Medieval Pilgrims And The Tissue Of Faith, George D. Greenia

George Greenia

In ‘The Bartered Body,’ George Greenia disentangles the complex desires and experiences of religious travellers of the High Middle Ages who knew the spiritual usefulness of their vulnerable flesh. The bodily remains of the saints housed in pilgrim shrines were not just remnants of a redeemed past, but open portals for spiritual exchange with the living body of the visiting pilgrim.


Judith Bronfman, Chaucer's "Clerk's Tale": The Griselda Story Received, Rewritten, Illustrated. Garland Publishing, 1994, Edward Wheatley Feb 2018

Judith Bronfman, Chaucer's "Clerk's Tale": The Griselda Story Received, Rewritten, Illustrated. Garland Publishing, 1994, Edward Wheatley

Edward Wheatley

No abstract provided.


Diary Of Joe And Josephine Nomad Assignment, Kitty Lam Mar 2017

Diary Of Joe And Josephine Nomad Assignment, Kitty Lam

Kitty Lam

The Eurasian nomads did not leave behind an abundance of written sources. Because these were primarily non-literate societies, many of the written sources on these people were created by people from settled civilizations. If the nomads could tell us about their encounters with the settled civilizations, how would they tell that story? What evidence would they leave behind? This assessment encourages students to showcase their creativity while demonstrating their understanding of the relationship between nomadic and sedentary civilizations in Eurasia.


Abstract.Docx Dec 2016

Abstract.Docx

Sara-Kate Hollis

No abstract provided.


Heterogeneous Immunological Landscapes And Medieval Plague : An Invitation To A New Dialogue Between Historians And Immunologists., Fabian Crespo, Matthew B. Lawrenz Nov 2016

Heterogeneous Immunological Landscapes And Medieval Plague : An Invitation To A New Dialogue Between Historians And Immunologists., Fabian Crespo, Matthew B. Lawrenz

Fabian Crespo

Efforts to understand the differential mortality caused by plague must account for many factors, including human immune responses. In this essay we are particularly interested in those people who were exposed to the Yersinia pestis pathogen during the Black Death, but who had differing fates—survival or death—that could depend on which individuals (once infected) were able to mount an appropriate immune response as a result of biological, environmental, and social factors. The proposed model suggests that historians of the medieval world could make a significant contribution to the study of human health, and especially the role of human ...


Battifoglio Network, Tunis 1288-9, Jeff Miner Aug 2016

Battifoglio Network, Tunis 1288-9, Jeff Miner

Jeff Miner

No abstract provided.


Review Article: Could Isidore’S Chronicle Have Delighted Cicero? Using The Concept Of Genre To Compare Ancient And Medieval Chronicles, Jesse W. Torgerson Dec 2015

Review Article: Could Isidore’S Chronicle Have Delighted Cicero? Using The Concept Of Genre To Compare Ancient And Medieval Chronicles, Jesse W. Torgerson

Jesse W Torgerson

Richard W. Burgess and Michael Kulikowski’s A Historical Introduction to the Chronicle Genre
from its Origins to the High Middle Ages (Volume I in the authors’ planned series Mosaics of
Time: The Latin Chronicle Traditions from the First Century BC to the Sixth Century AD) posits
that medieval studies has neglected to engage in a systematic, historically-informed reflection
on the genre of chronicles. The present article asserts that this challenge to the field presents
a unique opportunity for an interdisciplinary discussion of wide scope and lasting duration. I
thus argue that Burgess and Kulikowski’s larger points may be ...


Time And Again: Early Medieval Chronography And The Recurring Holy First-Created Day Of George Synkellos, Jesse W. Torgerson Dec 2015

Time And Again: Early Medieval Chronography And The Recurring Holy First-Created Day Of George Synkellos, Jesse W. Torgerson

Jesse W Torgerson

A literary and philosophical analysis of George Synkellos' (d. 810) historical vision in his 'Chronography'. The article argues that, despite the apparent disciplinary paradox, George Synkellos' vision of history coherently drew together an Aristotelian conception of time with his own exegesis of the scriptures, and a contemporary theology of the encounter with the divine in liturgical worship.


Collaborative Writing: History And Art History, Kathleen Ashley Dec 2015

Collaborative Writing: History And Art History, Kathleen Ashley

Kathleen M. Ashley

No abstract provided.


The Dramatic Tradition Of The Middle Ages, Clifford Davidson Dec 2015

The Dramatic Tradition Of The Middle Ages, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

The twenty-five essays in this collection provide unusual insights into early European drama. Written by American, European, and Japanese scholars, the contributions focus on such subjects as recent discoveries of medieval music-dramas and the conditions of their composition and performance pictorial elements in English and Continental vemacular drama, the later history of medieval drama, and secular plays and playing. The articles first appeared in The Early Drama, Art, and Music Review, which was the official journal of the EDAM project at the Medieval institute Western Michigan University and are included here for their unique contribution to drama studies. Altogether, the ...


Magna Carta Then And Now: A Symbol Of Freedom And Equal Rights For All, Eugene K B Tan, Jack Tsen-Ta Lee Nov 2015

Magna Carta Then And Now: A Symbol Of Freedom And Equal Rights For All, Eugene K B Tan, Jack Tsen-Ta Lee

Jack Tsen-Ta LEE

Magna Carta became applicable to Singapore in 1826 when a court system administering English law was established in the Straits Settlements. This remained the case through Singapore’s evolution from Crown colony to independent republic. The Great Charter only ceased to apply in 1993, when Parliament enacted the Application of English Law Act to clarify which colonial laws were still part of Singapore law. Nonetheless, Magna Carta’s legacy in Singapore continues in a number of ways. Principles such as due process of law and the supremacy of law are cornerstones of the rule of law, vital to the success ...


History And Literature: Three Medieval Views, Wendy Pfeffer Aug 2015

History And Literature: Three Medieval Views, Wendy Pfeffer

Wendy Pfeffer

No abstract provided.


Message From The Editor, No.32 2001, Mary Suydam Jun 2015

Message From The Editor, No.32 2001, Mary Suydam

Mary A Suydam

No abstract provided.


Wybren Scheepsma, Medieval Religious Women In The Low Countries: The Modern Devotion, The Canonesses Of Windesheim, And Their Writings. Boydell, 2004, Mary Suydam Jun 2015

Wybren Scheepsma, Medieval Religious Women In The Low Countries: The Modern Devotion, The Canonesses Of Windesheim, And Their Writings. Boydell, 2004, Mary Suydam

Mary A Suydam

No abstract provided.


Message From The Editor, No.33 2002, Mary Suydam Jun 2015

Message From The Editor, No.33 2002, Mary Suydam

Mary A Suydam

No abstract provided.


Femina Academica: Medieval Studies In Feminism, Laurie Finke Jun 2015

Femina Academica: Medieval Studies In Feminism, Laurie Finke

Laurie Finke

No abstract provided.


Zoomorphic Penannular Brooches In 6th And 7th Century Ireland, Esther G. Ward May 2015

Zoomorphic Penannular Brooches In 6th And 7th Century Ireland, Esther G. Ward

Esther G. Ward

In this thesis the author examines the evolution, manufacture, and societal significance of zoomorphic penannular brooches, a type of metal dress fastener used in early medieval Ireland that is often decorated. The brooches examined are dated to the 6th and 7th centuries, during which the Irish underwent a process of religious conversion from Celtic paganism to Christianity, and social rank was paramount. It is in this social context that the brooches are examined. Despite the significance of this time of social change, brooches from this period tend to be overlooked by scholarship in favor of the more ornate metalwork of ...


Monastic Prisons And Torture Chambers: Crime And Punishment In Central European Monasteries, 1600-1800, Ulrich Lehner Mar 2015

Monastic Prisons And Torture Chambers: Crime And Punishment In Central European Monasteries, 1600-1800, Ulrich Lehner

Ulrich L. Lehner

Following the Council of Trent (1545-1563), Catholic religious orders underwent substantial reform. Nevertheless, on occasion monks and nuns had to be disciplined and—if they had committed a crime—punished. Consequently, many religious orders relied on sophisticated criminal law traditions that included torture, physical punishment, and prison sentences. Ulrich L. Lehner provides for the first time an overview of how monasteries in central Europe prosecuted crime and punished their members, and thus introduces a host of new questions for anyone interested in state-church relations, gender questions, the history of violence, or the development of modern monasticism.


The First Crusade, Was It Christian?, David C. Taylor Jr Mar 2015

The First Crusade, Was It Christian?, David C. Taylor Jr

David C Taylor Jr

On February 5th, 2015, President Barack Obama addressed the audience at the National Prayer Breakfast. During this breakfast he made comments about the Islamic State and the Crusades that sent waves throughout the religious world. In his speech, he claimed that just like the Islamic State is doing things, terrible things, in the name of Islam, we should remember that terrible things were done in the name of Christ during the Crusades. While it did not sit well with members of the church, the question must be asked. Was he right? This paper will examine the First Crusade, its cause ...


Viking Women In The Isle Of Man, Valerie Dawn Hampton Feb 2015

Viking Women In The Isle Of Man, Valerie Dawn Hampton

Valerie D Hampton

The gender roles of important women in the Viking controlled Isle of Man has never been studied before. This is an exceptional case as women were not normally so influential in the Middle Ages, especially in Viking controlled regions. By examining memorial stones, burial goods, and their excavated skeletal remains, certain facts about Viking women's life in Medieval Manx society can be discerned. The visual remains of the Viking period in Mann, covering the ninth to thirteenth centuries, emphasizes the influence of women, confirming their importance in the kingdom's language, society, and religion.


Alan Lupack, Arthurian Literature By Women. Garland, 1999 , Alison Langdon Jan 2015

Alan Lupack, Arthurian Literature By Women. Garland, 1999 , Alison Langdon

Alison (Ganze) Langdon

No abstract provided.


Pois Dompna S'Ave/D'Amar: Na Castellosa's "Cansos" And Medieval Feminist Scholarship, Alison Langdon Jan 2015

Pois Dompna S'Ave/D'Amar: Na Castellosa's "Cansos" And Medieval Feminist Scholarship, Alison Langdon

Alison (Ganze) Langdon

No abstract provided.


"From The Many, One? The Shared Manuscripts Of The Chronicle Of Theophanes And The Chronography Of Synkellos," Studies In Theophanes (Travaux Et Mémoires 19) Paris, 2015: Pp. 93-117, Jesse Torgerson Dec 2014

"From The Many, One? The Shared Manuscripts Of The Chronicle Of Theophanes And The Chronography Of Synkellos," Studies In Theophanes (Travaux Et Mémoires 19) Paris, 2015: Pp. 93-117, Jesse Torgerson

Jesse W Torgerson

A survey of the surviving medieval manuscripts of two monumental (in their own time) and extremely important (for scholars today) historical works produced in Constantinople and its environs between 808-815: the Chronography of George Synkellos and the Chronicle of Theophanes the Confessor.
The article argues that, based on the surviving evidence, the two works were not read separately but as a single Account of the World ("Universal History" or "Chronography"). That is, in every surviving manuscript there is evidence that the works originally circulated in the same manuscript codices (books) where they were joined back-to-back. What this means for how ...


The Evolution And Antithesis Of Western Music, Dan Rager Dec 2014

The Evolution And Antithesis Of Western Music, Dan Rager

Dan Rager

This article examines the Evolution and Antithesis of Western Music from early Biblical Times (3500 B.C.) through the Baroque Period (1600-1750 A. D.). The material presented encompasses many different cultures from around the world. Herein, the Sumerians, Babylonians, Greeks, Jews, Romans, and other cultures are examined. Religious and cultural ideologies clash while similarities parallel these mediums exposing juxtapositions that transcend throughout the ages.
The article discusses early musical systems, periodical musical practices, musical elements (voices vs. instruments) permitted and forbidden by the church, the use of sacred and secular music and the development of these “musical forms” which include ...


The Enigma Of Samuel Parsons Scott, Timothy G. Kearley Nov 2014

The Enigma Of Samuel Parsons Scott, Timothy G. Kearley

Timothy G. Kearley

Samuel Parsons Scott (1846-1929) single-handedly translated into English the Corpus Juris Civilis, the Visigothic Code, and the Siete Partidas. The latter was very well received, and not long ago was reprinted in a new edition; the first mentioned was criticized strongly but often has been used because, until recently, it contained the only published English translation of Justinian’s Code. However, almost nothing has been known about Scott, as he was an independent scholar who lived and worked in the small American town of Hillsboro, Ohio. This article uses information obtained from Hillsboro newspapers, local histories, probate court records, and ...


Review Of Reviving The Eternal City: Rome And The Papal Court, 1420-1447 By Elizabeth Mccahill, Brian Maxson Oct 2014

Review Of Reviving The Eternal City: Rome And The Papal Court, 1420-1447 By Elizabeth Mccahill, Brian Maxson

Brian J. Maxson

No abstract provided.


Frederick Ii: Holy Roman Emperor Extraordinaire, Prose/Poem 7/23/2014, Charles Kay Smith Jul 2014

Frederick Ii: Holy Roman Emperor Extraordinaire, Prose/Poem 7/23/2014, Charles Kay Smith

Charles Kay Smith

Frederick avoided fighting the 6th Crusade by negotiating a peaceful sharing of Jerusalem by people of all faiths. No doubt it helped that he spoke Arabic and personally engaged in five months of negotiations rather than combat.


Between Lipany And White Mountain: Essays In Late Medieval And Early Modern Bohemian History In Modern Czech Scholarship (Studies In Central European Histories), James Palmitessa Jun 2014

Between Lipany And White Mountain: Essays In Late Medieval And Early Modern Bohemian History In Modern Czech Scholarship (Studies In Central European Histories), James Palmitessa

Dorilee Schieble

This book presents twelve essays by Czech historians on the history of the Czech lands from the middle of the fifteenth to the middle of the seventeenth century, previously published in Czech, which appear here for the first time in English.


Dante And Islam, A Prose/Poem 6/19/2014, Charles Kay Smith Jun 2014

Dante And Islam, A Prose/Poem 6/19/2014, Charles Kay Smith

Charles Kay Smith

In this poem, Dante is revealed as a scholar of Islamic literature who was influenced by two islamic texts about Muhammad's visits to Purgatory and Hell narrated in the The Isra, and whose visit to Paradise was recorded in The Mirage. The concept of Limbo introduced by Dante in his Divine Comedy was an Islamic/Christian hybrid new to his first readers.


Two Historiographical Studies In Musicology: Josquin Des Prez, A History Of Western Music, And The Norton Anthology Of Western Music: A Case Study; & In Search Of Medieval Irish Chant And Liturgy: A Chronological Overview Of The Secondary Literature, Marianne Yvette Kordas Jun 2014

Two Historiographical Studies In Musicology: Josquin Des Prez, A History Of Western Music, And The Norton Anthology Of Western Music: A Case Study; & In Search Of Medieval Irish Chant And Liturgy: A Chronological Overview Of The Secondary Literature, Marianne Yvette Kordas

Marianne Kordas

STUDY ONE: This study examines the changes made to the biography and works of the Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521) through the eight editions of A History of Western Music and its associated score anthologies from 1960 to 2010. It is hypothesized that there are significant correlations between the changes made to Josquin's biography in musicological scholarship at large during the 1990s and the changes to his life and works made in the textbook. STUDY TWO: The study of liturgy and chant in medieval Ireland not only informs our understanding of insular Christianity, but also illuminates the ...