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Pagan survivals, superstitions and popular cultures in early medieval pastoral literature

Author: Bernadette Filotas; Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
Publisher: Toronto : Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, ©2005.
Series: Studies and texts (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies), 151.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This comprehensive study examines early medieval popular culture as it appears in ecclesiastical and secular law, sermons, penitentials and other pastoral works - a selective, skewed, but still illuminating record of the beliefs and practices of ordinary Christians. Concentrating on the five centuries from c. 500 to c. 1000, Pagan Survivals, Superstitions and Popular Cultures in Early Medieval Pastoral Literature  Read more...
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Filotas, Bernadette, 1941-
Pagan survivals, superstitions and popular cultures in early medieval pastoral literature.
Toronto : Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, ©2005
(OCoLC)607569096
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernadette Filotas; Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
ISBN: 0888441517 9780888441515
OCLC Number: 57697709
Description: xii, 438 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Concepts, contexts, sources --
2. Idolatry, Gods and supernatural beings --
3. Nature --
4. Time --
5. Space --
6. Magic --
magicians and beneficent magic --
7. Ambivalent and destructive magic --
8. Death --
9. Alimentary restrictions.
Series Title: Studies and texts (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies), 151.
Responsibility: by Bernadette Filotas.

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"This comprehensive study examines early medieval popular culture as it appears in ecclesiastical and secular law, sermons, penitentials and other pastoral works - a selective, skewed, but still illuminating record of the beliefs and practices of ordinary Christians. Concentrating on the five centuries from c. 500 to c. 1000, Pagan Survivals, Superstitions and Popular Cultures in Early Medieval Pastoral Literature presents the evidence for folk religious beliefs and piety, attitudes to nature and death, festivals, magic, drinking and alimentary customs. As such it provides a precious glimpse of the mutual adaptation of Christianity and traditional cultures at an important period of cultural and religious transition."--Jacket.

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