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The transformation of the laity in Bergamo, 1265-c. 1400.


The transformation of the laity in Bergamo, 1265-c. 1400.

Cossar, Roisin.

Brill Academic Publishers


228 pages



The medieval Mediterranean; peoples, economies and cultures; v.63


Cossar (history, U. of Manitoba) examines the connection between social mores and religious activities among the laity in the Italian dioceses of Bergamo during the period in order to clarify the experience of lay people within the medieval Christian church. That experience changed during the 14th century, she says, as the position of laity within Christian institutions came to parallel their status in the secular world, which meant that women and poor men found themselves shut out of meaningful participation in many institutions of lay Christian life.

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