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Why the Middle Ages matter : medieval light on modern injustice / edited by Celia Chazelle ... [et al.]
London ; New York : Routledge, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  HM671 .W49 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Social justice
Social justice -- History -- To 1500
Social problems -- History -- To 1500
Social history -- Medieval, 500-1500
Physical Description xiv, 208 p. ; 24 cm
Contents Crime and punishment: penalizing without prisons / Ceila Chazelle -- Social deviancy: a medieval approach / G. Geltner -- End of life: listening to the monks of Cluny / Frederick S. Paxton -- Marriage: medieval couples and the uses of tradition / Ruth Mazo Karras -- women: the Da Vinci Code and the fabrication of tradition / Felice Lifshitz -- Homosexuality: Augustine and the Christian closet / Mathew Kuefler -- Sexual scandal and the clergy: a medieval blueprint for disaster / Dyan Elliott -- Labor: insights from a medieval monastery / Martha G. Newman -- Disability?: Perspectives on bodily difference from the Middle East / Kristina Richardson -- Race: what the bookstore hid / Maghan Keita -- Refugees: views from thirteenth-century France / Megan Cassidy-Welch -- Torture and truth: Torquemada's ghost / amy G. Remensnyder -- Class justice: why we need a Wat Tyler Day / Petre Linebaugh -- Leadership: why we have mirrors for princes but none for presidents / Geoffrey Koziol
Summary "The word "medieval" is often used in a negative way when talking about contemporary issues; Why the Middle Ages Matter refreshes our thinking about this historical era, and our own, by looking at some pressing concerns from today's world, asking how these issues were really handled in the medieval period, and showing why the past matters now. The contributors here cover topics such as torture, animal rights, marriage, sexuality, imprisonment, refugees, poverty and end of life care. They shed light on relations between Christians and Muslims and on political leadership. This collection challenges many negative stereotypes of medieval people, revealing a world from which, for instance, much could be learned about looking after the spiritual needs of the dying, and about integrating prisoners into the wider community with the emphasis on reconciliation between victim and criminal. It represents a new level of engagement with issues of social justice by medievalists and provides a highly engaging way into studying the middle ages for students"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Alternate Author Chazelle, Celia Martin

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