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Medieval Religion and its Anxieties

History and Mystery in the Other Middle Ages

  • Thomas A. Fudgé

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the broad varieties of religious belief, religious practices, and the influence of religion within medieval society. Religion in the Middle Ages was not monolithic. Medieval religion and the Latin Church are not synonymous. While theology and liturgy are important, an examination of animal trials, gargoyles, last judgments, various aspects of the medieval underworld, and the quest for salvation illuminate lesser known dimensions of religion in the Middle Ages. Several themes run throughout the book including visual culture, heresy and heretics, law and legal procedure, along with sexuality and an awareness of mentalities and anxieties. Although an expanse of 800 years has passed, the remains of those other Middle Ages can be seen today, forcing us to reassess our evaluations of this alluring and often overlooked past.


Keywords

Middle Ages Other Religion Medieval Underworlds Heresy antiquity cultural theory culture Europe history history of literature literary theory literature Medieval Literature World Literature

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas A. Fudgé
    • 1
  1. 1.School of HumanitiesUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56610-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57077-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56610-2
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