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Ancrene Wisse : From Pastoral Literature to Vernacular Spirituality

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Book Series: Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages ISBN: 9780708320341 Year: Pages: 208 Language: English
Publisher: University of Wales Press Grant: OAPEN-UK
Subject: Social Sciences --- Religion
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Provides an introduction to "Ancrene Wisse", one of the most important works in English of the thirteenth century. This book offers a fresh contextualisation which engages with the history of lay piety and vernacular spirituality in the Middle Ages.This book is innovative in that it provides an introduction to "Ancrene Wisse", one of the most important works in English of the thirteenth century. It offers a new contextualisation which engages with the history of lay piety and vernacular spirituality in the Middle Ages, thus extending analysis of the book beyond its original purpose as a guide for anchoresses. The placing of "Ancrene Wisse" within this context also allows comparisons to be made with other literature for semi-regular women, such as sermons preached to beguines - semi-religious women who formed communities in the Low Countries and France in the High Middle Ages.

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Religion --- Culture --- Middle Ages --- Religie --- Cultuur --- Middeleeuwen

Shaping Medieval Markets

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Book Series: Global Economic History Series ISSN: 18725155 ISBN: 9789004201484 9789004201491 Year: Volume: 8 Pages: xvi, 447 pp. Language: English
Publisher: Brill Grant: The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Subject: History --- Performing Arts --- Economics
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The late Middle Ages witnessed the transformation of the county of Holland from a peripheral agrarian region to a highly commercialised and urbanised one. This book examines how the organisation of commodity markets contributed to this remarkable development. Comparing Holland to England and Flanders, the book shows that Holland’s specific history of reclamation and settlement had given rise to a favourable balance of powers between state, nobility, towns and rural communities that reduced opportunities for rent-seeking and favoured the rise of efficient markets. This allowed burghers, peasants and fishermen to take full advantage of new opportunities presented by changing economic and ecological circumstances in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries.

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