Synopses & Reviews
These three studies concentrate on the changes in religious thought and institutions in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and include not only monks and nuns but also less organized types of life such as hermits, recluses, crusaders, and penitents. "The Interpretation of Mary and Martha" deals primarily with the balance of action and contemplation in Christian life; "The Ideal of the Imitation of Christ" studies the growing emphasis on the human Christ, especially His body and wounds; and "The Orders of Society" looks at the conceptual divisions of society and the emergence of the modern idea of a middle class.
A paperback edition of Constable??'s superlative account of changes in religious thought and institutions.
This volume concentrates on the changes in religious thought and institutions in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Preface; List of abbreviations; Part I. The Interpretation of Mary and Martha: 1. The sisters together; 2. The sisters distinguished; 3. The sisters apart; Part II. The Ideal of the Imitation of Christ: 4. The imitation of the divinity of Christ; 5. The imitation of the humanity of Christ; 6. The imitation of the body of Christ; 7. The late Middle Ages; Part III. The Orders of Society: 8. Introduction; 9. The early Middle Ages; 10. The eleventh and twelfth centuries; 11. From the twelfth century to the end of the Middle Ages; 12. Appendix: mediocres (mediani, medii) in the Middle Ages; Bibliography of secondary works; Index of manuscripts; Biblical index; General index.