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Emotion and Devotion

The Meaning of Mary in Medieval Religious Cultures

By Miri Rubin

Publication Year: 2009

In Emotion and Devotion Miri Rubin explores the craft of the historian through a series of studies of medieval religious cultures. In three original chapters she approaches the medieval figure of the Virgin Mary with the aim of unravelling meaning and experience. Hymns and miracle tales, altarpieces and sermons – a wide range of sources from many European regions – are made to reveal the creativity and richness which they elicited in medieval people, women and men, clergy and laity, people of status and riches as well as those of modest means.  

Published by: Central European University Press

Series: The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Ser

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-3

I remember very clearly the day on which I was introduced to Natalie Davis’s work. It was 1977 and I was an MA student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Society and Culture in Early Modern France was only a few months old. So great was the desire of teachers and students to read it, that the imported ...

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Chapter 1: The Global “Middle Ages”

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pp. 5-43

I continue to follow the autobiographical strand with which I began. Coming to the world of historical research in the mid-1980s was tantamount to an exhilarating immersion in a gushing fountainhead. So much was fresh and new, and there was more to come. ...

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Chapter 2: Mary, and Others

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pp. 45-77

In her article “The rites of violence” Natalie Davis taught many important lessons.1 One of the most influential was the link she demonstrated and explored between violence and the making of identity. In the course of violent encounters between Catholics and Protestants in sixteenth-century France people acted ...

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Chapter 3: Emotions and Selves

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pp. 79-110

Following the footsteps of Natalie Zemon Davis, and very much in her honor, the previous two chapters traced the possibilities of a global history and the creation of terrains of polemic and encounter within the vast and important culture field that developed around Mary in medieval Europe. ...


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pp. 111-115


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E-ISBN-13: 9786155211744
Print-ISBN-13: 9789639776364

Page Count: 132
Illustrations: 8 photos
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Ser