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Varieties of religious conversion in the Middle Ages /
edited by James Muldoon.
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c1997.
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viii, 208 p. ; 24 cm.
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081301509X (alk. paper)
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c1997.
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081301509X (alk. paper)
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1438463
 
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-04-01:
These interesting, informative, and well-written essays shed light on a much-neglected aspect of medieval life and thought. Covering the fourth to the 14th centuries, the contributors not only describe the wide range of religious conversions, from the personal experience of Augustine to the conversion of whole peoples like the Saxons in the eighth century and the Lithuanians in the thirteenth, but also discuss the role of women, missions to China in the 14th century, the conversion of Arian Christians to Catholicism, conversions by force, and the role of shrines in the sacralization of the landscape. Included also are discussions of the spiritual transformation fostered by the monastic life, the low status of Jews even after their adoption of Christianity, and the conversion and reconversion of Muslims, Christians, and Jews during the crusades. This collection is a valuable resource for upper-division undergraduates and beyond. Notes, but no bibliography. Muldoon (history, Camden College of Rutgers Univ.) is author of Popes, Lawyers, and Infidels (CH, Mar'80). P. L. Urban Jr. emeritus, Swarthmore College
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"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. CONTENTS Introduction: The Conversion of Europe, by James Muldoon Conversion as Personal Experience 1. Augustine: Conversion by the Book, by Frederick H. Russell 2. Monastic Conversion: The Case of Margaret Ebner, by Leonard P. Hindsley O.P. Conversion, Christianization, Acculturation 3. "For Force Is Not of God?" Compulsion and Conversion from Yahweh to Charlemagne, by Lawrence G. Duggan 4. The Conversion of the Physical World: The Creation of a Christian Landscape, by John M. Howe Women in Conversion History 5. Gender and Conversion in the Merovingian Era, by Cordula Nolte 6. God and Man in Medieval Scandinavia: Writing--and Gendering--the Conversion, by Ruth Mazo Karras 7. Marriage and Conversion in Late Medieval Romance, by Jennifer R. Goodman Conversion on the Eastern Frontiers of Christendom 8. Bargaining for Baptism: Lithuanian Negotiations for Conversion, 1250-1358, by Rasa Mazeika 9. Conversion vs. Baptism? European Missionaries in Asia in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, by James D. Ryan Jews, Muslims, and Christians as Converts 10. From Jew to Christian? Conversion and Perceptions of Immutability in Medieval Europe, by Jonathan M. Elukin 11. 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 The Americas in the Spanish World Order (1994).
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"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 UniversityContributors 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.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Introduction: The Conversion of Europep. 1
Conversion as Personal Experiencep. 11
Augustine: Conversion by the Bookp. 13
Monastic Conversion: The Case of Margaret Ebnerp. 31
Conversion, Christianization, Acculturationp. 47
"For Force Is Not of God"? Compulsion and Conversion from Yahweh to Charlemagnep. 49
The Conversion of the Physical World: The Creation of a Christian Landscapep. 63
Women in Conversion Historyp. 79
Gender and Conversion in the Merovingian Erap. 81
God and Man in Medieval Scandinavia: Writing--and Gendering--The Conversionp. 100
Marriage and Conversion in Late Medieval Romancep. 115
Conversion on the Eastern Frontiers of Christendomp. 129
Bargaining for Baptism: Lithuanian Negotiations for Conversion, 1250-1358p. 131
Conversion Vs. Baptism? European Missionaries in Asia in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuriesp. 146
Jews, Muslims, and Christians as Convertsp. 169
From Jew to Christian? Conversion and Immutability in Medieval Europep. 171
Multidirectional Conversion in the Frankish Levantp. 190
Contributorsp. 201
Indexp. 203
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