The Pagan Middle Ages

The Pagan Middle Ages

Translated by Tanis Guest

Edited by Ludo J.R. Milis


Boydell Press



Evidence for the survival of paganism in the medieval world.
Many aspects of the pagan past continued to survive into the middle ages despite the introduction of Christianity, influencing forms of behaviour and the whole mentalitéof the period. The essays collected in this stimulating volume seek to explore aspects of the way paganism mingled with Christian teaching to affect many different aspects of medieval society, through a focus on such topics as archaeology, the afterlife and sexuality, scientific knowledge, and visionary activity. Tr. TANIS GUEST.Professor LUDO J.R. MILIS teaches at the University of Ghent.Contributors: LUDO J.R. MILIS, MARTINE DE REU, ALAIN DIERKENS, CHRISTOPHE LEBBE, ANNICK WAEGEMAN, VÉRONIQUE CHARON


January 1991
8 black and white illustrations
168 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851156385
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037010, REL033000
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Pagan Middle Ages - A contradiction in terms? - Ludo Milis
The missionaries: the first contact between paganism and christianity - Martine De Reu
`The evidence of archaeology'. - A Dierkens
The evidence of archaeology - Alain Dierkens
The shadow realm between life and death - Christophe Lebbe
The medieval sybil - Annick Waegeman
The knowledge of herbs -
Purity, sex and sin - Ludo Milis
Conclusion: the role of pagan survivals - Ludo Milis


Important collection... a useful textbook for students and others who like to know about the pagan middle ages. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY Highly informative. MEDIEVAL REVIEW Milis's 'Purity, Sex and Sin' discusses the function and uses of the penitentials against lingering pagan practices and superstitions [and] continues to be extremely relevant... Demonstrates the integration of pagan traditions and beliefs into Christianity, attempts to eradicate such practices, and in many cases, their eventual acceptance in Christian orthodoxy or popular traditions. HISTORY

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