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Varieties of Religious Conversion in the Middle Ages by James Muldoon
ISBN: 081301509X
ISBN13: 978-0813015095
Author: James Muldoon
Book title: Varieties of Religious Conversion in the Middle Ages
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Pages: 248 pages
Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (July 6, 1997)
Language: English
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Category: History & Criticism

"Because conversion gets to the question of how societal change occurs not merely in individuals but in groups, these essays make a valuable contribution to a topic that has generally been treated only in a narrow context. . . . The essays on women and conversion make an especially valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion of women’s role in religion."--James M. Powell, Syracuse University

"James Muldoon has clearly identified an important, neglected area in medieval studies. . . . Well written and informative. . . . Should pique the interest of future scholars."--Julian Wasserman, Loyola University of New Orleans

Contributors describe the wide range of religious experiences characteristic of the conversion of Europe to Christianity in the Middle Ages. From St. Augustine, the model of personal experience, to the conversion of entire societies--like the Saxons in the eighth century or the Lithuanians in the thirteenth--to the role of women in conversion, they examine one of the most important aspects of the spiritual transformation of Europe during the Middle Ages.

CONTENTSIntroduction: The Conversion of Europe, by James MuldoonConversion as Personal Experience1. Augustine: Conversion by the Book, by Frederick H. Russell2. Monastic Conversion: The Case of Margaret Ebner, by Leonard P. Hindsley O.P.Conversion, Christianization, Acculturation3. "For Force Is Not of God?" Compulsion and Conversion from Yahweh to Charlemagne, by Lawrence G. Duggan4. The Conversion of the Physical World: The Creation of a Christian Landscape, by John M. HoweWomen in Conversion History5. Gender and Conversion in the Merovingian Era, by Cordula Nolte6. God and Man in Medieval Scandinavia: Writing--and Gendering--the Conversion, by Ruth Mazo Karras7. Marriage and Conversion in Late Medieval Romance, by Jennifer R. GoodmanConversion on the Eastern Frontiers of Christendom8. Bargaining for Baptism: Lithuanian Negotiations for Conversion, 1250-1358, by Rasa Mazeika9. Conversion vs. Baptism? European Missionaries in Asia in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, by James D. RyanJews, Muslims, and Christians as Converts10. From Jew to Christian? Conversion and Perceptions of Immutability in Medieval Europe, by Jonathan M. Elukin11. Multidirectional Conversion in the Frankish Levant, by Benjamin Z. Kedar

James Muldoon is professor of history at Camden College of Rutgers University and author of <i>The Americas in the Spanish World Order </i>(1994).

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