History and the Supernatural in Medieval England (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series)

History and the Supernatural in Medieval England (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series)

C. S. Watkins


it is a attention-grabbing learn of spiritual tradition in England from 1050 to 1250. Drawing at the wealth of fabric approximately spiritual trust and perform that survives within the chronicles, Carl Watkins explores the money owed of indicators, prophecies, astrology, magic, ideals approximately demise, and the staggering and demonic. He demanding situations a few of the triumphing assumptions approximately spiritual trust, wondering particularly the attachment of many historians to phrases equivalent to 'clerical' and 'lay', 'popular' and 'elite', 'Christian' and 'pagan' as explanatory different types. The facts of the chronicles is additionally set in its broader context via explorations of miracle collections, penitential manuals, exempla and sermons. The booklet lines shifts within the approach the supernatural used to be conceptualized through realized writers and the ways that broader styles of trust developed in this interval. This unique account sheds vital mild on trust in the course of a interval during which the spiritual panorama used to be remodeled.

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