Pagan Survivals, Superstitions and Popular Cultures in Early Medieval Pastoral Literature
This comprehensive study examines early medieval popular culture as it appears in ecclesiastical and secular law, sermons, penitentials and other pastoral works - a selective, skewed, but still illuminating record of the beliefs and practices of ordinary Christians. Concentrating on the five centuries from c. 500 to c. 1000, Pagan Survivals, Superstitions and Popular Cultures in Early Medieval Pastoral Literature presents the evidence for folk religious beliefs and piety, attitudes to nature and death, festivals, magic, drinking and alimentary customs. As such it provides a precious glimpse of the mutual adaptation of Christianity and traditional cultures at an important period of cultural and religious transition.
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1st half Agobard Alimentary amulets Anglo-Saxon animals Anonymous sermon appears Atto of Vercelli Barlow beliefs Bieler bishops Boniface Burchard of Worms Caesarius of Arles Canones Capitula capitularium collectio Capitulary Carolingian Caspari CCSL celebrations Celtic Celts Christian Church clause clergy clerics Conc condemned correctione rusticorum Council cult customs dead death Decretum deities demons Demtum divination documents drinking early 8th century early medieval feasts Frankish Germanic Gregory Gregory of Tours Homilia de sacrilegiis honour ibid idolatry idols Indiculus superstitionum Irish Isidore of Seville late 8th century magic Martin of Braga Merseburgense MGH CapEp MGH CapRegFr MGH Concilia 2.1 MGH EpSel MGH SRM mid 9th century Middle Ages moon moyen age ninth-century pagan Paris pastoral literature penance penitentials Poen popular culture practices priests Rabanus Maurus Regino of Priim religion rites rituals Roman sacred sacrifices saints Schmitz soothsayers sorcery superstition Synod synodalibus causis texts trees Visigothic Vita Eligii Wasserschleben women