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Church and City, 1000-1500: Essays in Honour of Christopher Brooke.

Two of Christopher Brooke's interests throughout his scholarly career have been medieval cities and the medieval church. The articles in this collection address both of these concerns, for each of them involves some aspect of the relation between church and city in the Middle Ages. Miri Rubin argues, on the basis of recent studies of urban and rural religiosity, that "urban/rural, like literate/illiterate, like elite/popular, is a dichotomy ... which now encumbers rather than liberates our understanding of the past"(14-15). The other articles in the collection are narrower in scope and will be useful primarily to those interested in a particular topic. Anna Sapir Abulafia finds a connection between Guibert de Nogent's study of St. Anselm and his hatred of Jews. David Luscombe points out that even before Aristotle's Politics became available in the West. political thinkers were capable of analyzing the notion of a city. Elisabeth van Houts discusses those involved in the foundation of the nunnery of St. Radegund, Cambridge, which included several goldsmiths. Peter Linehan traces the complicated relations between the canons of the cathedral of Burgos and the Dominican house in that city. David Abulafia narrates the deteriorating situation of Jews in the city of Majorca between 1229 and 1343. Henry Mayr-Harting describes the trade of the church and town of Magdeburg in the tenth and early eleventh centuries. Giles Constable analyzes the relations at Cluny between abbey and town; Michael Franklin considers how southern English cathedrals functioned as parish churches. Brenda Bolton argues that Pope Innocent III successfully Pursued a policy of uniting "the towns of the papal states in a common purpose" (218). J. A. Watt shows that the cathedral chapter of Armagh "was the archbishop's entree into the Gaelic Irish world"(245). Paul Binski uses the murals in the nave of the abbey of St Albans (black-and-white photographs are provided) to study "the relationship between lay and monastic use of abbey churches"(249). Martin Brett concludes from a study of the related annals of Bermondsey, Southwark, and Merton that their common source, which can be partially reconstructed, provides otherwise unavailable information on the history of London in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries and includes selections from the annals. Barrie Dobson concludes from a study of York that the "perpetual chantries of the late medieval English town ... present the most ambitious - and most costly - attempts ever made to reconcile and even merge the different spiritual needs of church and city at a deeply personal level"(332).

The book begins with a memoir of Christopher Brooke's career at Cambridge (by Malorie Chibnall), Liverpool (by Robert Markus), and London (by Rosalind Hill) and ends with a bibliography of his works.

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Author:Tabuteau, Emily Zack
Publication:The Historian
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 22, 1993
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