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Why the Middle Ages matter : medieval light on modern injustice

Author: Celia Martin Chazelle
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2012.
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"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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Celia Martin Chazelle
ISBN: 9780415780643 0415780640 9780415780650 0415780659 9780203803868 0203803868
OCLC Number: 651914362
Description: xiv, 208 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Crime and punishment: penalizing without prisons / Celia 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 / Peter Linebaugh --
Leadership: why we have mirrors for princes but none for presidents / Geoffrey Koziol.
Responsibility: edited by Celia Chazelle [and others].

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"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"--

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