Religion and Culture: A Historian's Tale

by Howard Burton (Author)
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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Queen Mary University of London. After behind-the-scenes insights into Miri Rubin’s career path which led her from chemistry to working in an orthopaedic hospital to studying medieval history with a ‘cultural anthropologist” persuasion to the subject of medieval Christianity, this wide-ranging conversation covers several books that Miri Rubin has written, including The Life and Passion of William of Norwich; Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary; Emotion and Devotion: The Meaning of Mary in Medieval Religious Cultures; The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introduction; and Cities of Strangers: Making Lives in Medieval Europe.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Cultural Contact, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
I. Historical Beginnings - From Jerusalem to Cambridge
II. Life on the Ground - Hope, human agency and hemorrhoids
III. William of Norwich - Fabricating hatred
IV. Mother of God - An ambitious project
V. Doing History - Then, now and in the future

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Publication date
March 31, 2021
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2 MB