Benedictine maledictions : liturgical cursing in Romanesque France (Book, 1993) []
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Benedictine maledictions : liturgical cursing in Romanesque France

Benedictine maledictions : liturgical cursing in Romanesque France

Author: Lester K Little
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In this long-awaited book, the result of more than a decade of research, Lester K. Little reconstructs and explores the phenomenon of officially sanctioned religious cursing in medieval Europe. He focuses on a church service, called in Latin either clamor or maledictio, used by monastic communities (primarily in Francia) between approximately 990 and 1250. Threatened by bands of heavily armed knights in a period of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Church history
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lester K Little
ISBN: 0801428769 9780801428760 0801481139 9780801481130
OCLC Number: 28257718
Awards: Winner of Cowinner of the 1994 David Pinkney Prize (Society.
Description: xx, 296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Abbreviations --
Introduction: Of Tristram Shandy and French Monastic Curses (starting p. 1) --
1 Formulas (starting p. 17) --
Clamors (starting p. 20) --
Humiliation of Relics (starting p. 26) --
Excommunication and Anathema (starting p. 30) --
Geography of Maledictory Formulas (starting p. 44) --
2 Sources (starting p. 52) --
Sanction Clauses (starting p. 52) --
The Bible (starting p. 59) --
The Liturgy (starting p. 72) --
Canon Law (starting p. 85) --
3 Justifications (starting p. 88) --
Occasional Curses (starting p. 89) --
Biblical Curses (starting p. 94) --
Liturgical Curses (starting p. 105) --
Speech Acts (starting p. 113) --
4 Uses (starting p. 121) --
Ireland and Wales (starting p. 123) --
Francia (starting p. 131) --
Rites of Reintegration (starting p. 143) --
Geography of the Use of Clamors (starting p. 146) --
5 Experts (starting p. 150) --
Irish Saints (starting p. 154) --
Pilgrims on the Continent (starting p. 173) --
The Irish Sphere of Influence (starting p. 182) --
6 Contexts (starting p. 186) --
Religion (starting p. 186) --
Justice (starting p. 200) --
Property (starting p. 218) --
Conclusion: New Contexts (starting p. 230) --
Appendixes (starting p. 241) --
A Gathering Clamors (starting p. 243) --
B Elusive Evidence (starting p. 248) --
C A Miscellany of Curse Formulas (starting p. 254) --
D Fulbert of Chartres as Author of In spiritu humilitatis (starting p. 268) --
E Vestiges in the Age of Reformation and Counter-Reformation (starting p. 271) --
F Clamors and Cursing Formulas (starting p. 280) --
Index of Manuscripts (starting p. 287) --
General Index (starting p. 289)
Responsibility: by Lester K. Little.


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"'May they be cursed in town and cursed in the fields. May their barns be cursed and may their bones be cursed. May the fruit of their loins be cursed as well as the fruit of their lands.' French Read more...

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