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eBook-A People's History of Christianity: Medieval Christianity, Vol 4

eBook-A People's History of Christianity: Medieval Christianity, Vol 4

The fourth volume in A People's History of Christianity series accents the astounding range of cultural and religious experience within medieval Christianity and the ways in which religious life structured all aspects of the daily lives of ordinary Christians.

With ranking scholars from the U.S. and the Continent, this volume explores rituals of birth and death, daily parish life, lay-clerical relations, and relations with Jews and Muslims through a thousand years and many lands. Includes 50 illustrations, maps, and an 8-page color gallery.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format eBook
  • ISBN 9781451405767
  • Brand People’s History of Christianity
  • Publication Date March 3, 2010


The contributors include:

Derek Krueger, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Yitzhak Hen, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Bonnie Effros, State University of New York at Binghamton
Daniel Bornstein, Texas A&M University
Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern University
Gary Dickson, University of Edinburgh
Andre Vauchez, Ecole Française de Rome
Roberto Rusconi, Universita degli studi di Roma
Grado G. Merlo, Universita degli studi di Milano
Teofilo Ruiz, UCLA
Diana Webb, King's College London
Katherine French, State University of New York at New Paltz
Robert N. Swanson, University of Birmingham


"Hidden for centuries by their anonymity and illiteracy, the people of God—the body of Christ, the church—are finally having their story told, and by some of today's finest historians of the church. The saints, bishops, and theologians of traditional histories can now be placed against the panoramic and fascinating backdrop of the lived religion of ordinary men and women of faith. Highly recommended."
—Mark U. Edwards, Jr.
Harvard Divinity School

"Historians are supposed to be staid chroniclers of hardly changing stories. A People's History of Christianity will demonstrate that they need not be confined in these static roles. The concept of this 'people's history' represents a virtual revolution in the writing of Christian history, a change that means something dynamic, something that should draw the attention of many who do not think of themselves as likers of history.

"Here's why: this series of books, issuing from editors in whom I have great confidence and many of whose writers I know and respect, 'turns history upside down' and reveals what times and events were like for Christians—and sometimes their rivals and enemies—on the ground. Professional historians long neglected this 'up close' approach, evidently thinking that the basic folk did not merit attention. Add to that another reason for the failure to take them into account: it is harder to get at the stories and records of their lives.

"Now, thanks to a generation of historians with interests in ordinary (but really extraordinary) Christians in ages past, these people can be observed as seldom before. While they did not leave documents in the forms of formal creeds, confessions, or concordats, and while their names did not mean as much to cleric–chroniclers of old as did those of bishops, abbots, and emperors, we now have techniques to unearth scraps, snippets, letters, diaries, transactions, which, taken together and treated in expert hands, let us find how exciting their lives are, how misguided decisions were to talk about the elite few and neglect the faithful and faithless many.

"These stories may come up from the basement of church history, but news about their existence deserves to be shouted from the housetops."
—Martin E. Marty
University of Chicago Divinity School