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    DescriptionReligion in medieval Europe was hugely important, and impinged upon the most mundane transactions and everyday experiences. But was the period a uniform 'Age of Faith'? By focussing on the ordinary laity, this fascinating account unlocks the multiple meanings of religion, asking how it functioned and with what effects. Holiness, piety and belief are explained and contextualized, as are heresy, dissent and superstition. The themes explored include religious acculturation, community, intercession and Christian identity as well as occasions of unbelief and lay people's rejection of the Church's message. This study deftly uncovers the meanings and struggles that lay below the smooth surface of medieval religious observance for the modern reader.

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    Belief and Unbelief in Medieval Europe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John H. Arnold
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 550 g
    ISBN 13: 9780340807866
    ISBN 10: 0340807865

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLC
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    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000, HIS010000
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
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    DC22: 274.04
    LC classification: BR270 .A76 2005
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Hodder Arnold
    Publication date
    08 September 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London, England
    Author Information
    John H. Arnold is Professor of Medieval History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also the successful author of History: A Very Short Introduction.
    Review quote
    '... by focusing on the laity over and extended period of time, he is able to highlight the multiple meanings, functions and even levels of religious belief (or unbelief) in medieval society. In so doing, Arnold presents a much more complicated picture of the so-called 'Age of Faith', and one which will be welcomed by specialist and student audiences alike.' The Journal of the Historical Association 'This is an ambitious book. In it, John H. Arnold presents a new and challenging way of interpreting the history of lay religious practices between 1000 and 1500 and the ways in which those practices interacted with the official positions of the church hierarchy.' H-France Review