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Essays in Medieval Christianity

EAMON DUFFY
384pp 8pp of PLATES 2018 LIST PRICE: £25.00 P713

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In this book, which may be considered a sequel to Duffy’s The Stripping of the Altars, he makes further soundings in late medieval religion, but drills down to the particular and avoids any wide historical sweep. Among the topics he covers are ‘Purgatory’, ‘The Black Death’, ‘Adoration of the Mother of God’ and ‘Heresy’. The book is illustrated by colour plates which further demonstrate the richness of late medieval religion.

Many of the essays here also challenge easy assumptions. All of them are written with a clarity and fluency, humour and humanity that make reading them a pleasure. DAILY TELEGRAPH

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