Medieval Reader

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Norman F. Cantor
Harper Collins, Jun 15, 1995 - History - 384 pages
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The only book of its kind, The Medieval Reader is afascinating, illustrated collection of almost 100 first-handaccounts of the period known as the middle ages, roughly from thefourth to the sixteenth centuries. Revealing the medieval worldin all its astonishing diversity, the selections reflect the cultureof the people who lived during the period, and the contributionsthey made to their world and our own.

Including, in the best translations, familiar texts such as The Song of Roland, St. Augustine's Confessions and Dante's Divine Comedy, the book also contains the work of many less familiar writers, including prominent medieval women such as Hildegard of Bingen, Christine de Pisan and Margery Kempe. Finally, with the inclusion of many selections illustrating medieval social history, such as The Peasants Revolt of 1381 from the Anonimalle Chronicle, The Medieval Reader brings the Middle Ages to life in a way that no narrative history could.

  

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This took me months to read, and some of it was slow, but overall very interesting. Read full review

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Not Cantor's best effort, but okay. Read full review

Contents

Shame and Honor
7
Feudal Homage
21
Rules for Monks
34
Diocesan Visitation
50
Beautiful Cities
67
The Good and Beautiful Middle Ages
87
The Push to the East
95
Sacred Kingship
105
Boccaccios Women
202
Chaucers Women
208
Sadomasochistic Drama
215
Know the Way
224
The Womans Room
230
Beguine Spirituality
240
Jewish Penis is Better than Christian Penis
247
Witchcraft
256

Jesus Loves Me
111
Autobiography of a Victimized Woman
120
Mariology
126
Courtly Love
136
In Search of the Grail
145
Imagined Love
159
The LawyerKing Henry II
166
Goliardic Verse
176
Unhappy People
183
The Only Really Good Woman is a Virgin
189
Women of the Nobility
193
Ecclesiastical Hypocrites and Charlatans
262
The Power of Money
268
Peasant Life
275
The Peasants Revolt
283
Healing Hope and Renewal
297
The Cloud of Unknowing
303
Secular Humanism
310
Women are not Free
313
The Learned Professions
327
Pearl
360
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About the author (1995)

Norman F. Cantor was Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology, and Comparative Literature at New York University. His many books include In the Wake of the Plague, Inventing the Middle Ages, and The Civilization of the Middle Ages, the most widely read narrative of the Middle Ages in the English language. He died in 2004.

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