From judgment to passion: devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary, 800-1200

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From judgment to passion: devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary, 800-1200
Rachel Fulton
Type: eBook
Released: 2002
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Page Count: 697
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN-10: 023112550X
ISBN-13: 9780231125505
From Publishers Weekly In this intellectual tour de force, Fulton, an associate professor of history at the University of Chicago, examines the development of a central feature of medieval Christianity: the devotion to the crucified Christ and to the Virgin Mary. Using hermeneutic theory, textual exegesis, and historiography, she probes the "thoughts, ideals, anxieties, ambitions, and dreams that the men and women of the Middle Ages brought to... their imaginings about God." The fixation on divine suffering grew out of sentiments of pity and tenderness during these centuries, and artists, writers and theologians expressed their empathy in poems, treatises, paintings and prayers. Fulton begins her story in the ninth century, when devotion to Christ was expressed primarily in the sacrament of the Eucharist. After 1000, when Christ failed to return to earth as many Christians had thought he would, the character of devotion changed. During the 11th century, Fulton notes, Christians expressed their piety in great holy pilgrimages to Jerusalem; in the popular use of crucifixes; in grammatical debates over the Eucharistic formula, "Here is my body"; and in greater efforts to become unified with Christ through ascetic practices and prayer. By the 12th century, theologians used commentaries on the Song of Songs to construct Mary as a compassionate mother who suffers her son's pain vicariously. Fulton's argument is sometimes obscured by jargon, but she paints in breathtaking strokes a gorgeous tapestry of the loyal devotion to the Man of Sorrows and the Mater Dolorosa. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review Fulton's sophisticated analysis of medieval prayer and liturgy reexamines the medieval conceptions of judgement, passion and salvation, and presents valuable new insights into the developements of the cult of the suffering Jesus and the compassionate Virgin Mary. This is truly an important book. (Choice Vol. 30 (2,3)) This intellectual tour de force... paints in breathtaking strokes a gorgeous tapestry of the loyal devotion to the Man of Sorrows and the Mater Dolorosa. (Publishers Weekly Jan. 2006) The book offers remarkable depth as well as breadth in a most commendable manner. (Library Journal Vol. 45 No. 3) Fulton in this extraordinary book reconstructs the early history of devotion to the human and, ultimately, suffering Christ, from late antiquity through the age of Anselm of Canterbury, Peter Abaelard, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Peter Damian.... A work of extraordinary erudition, this book revolutionizes our knowledge of medieval spirituality. (International Review of Biblical Studies 1/1/2007) [Fulton's] magisterial book constitutes a distinguished contribution to the history of empathy. (Karl F. Morrison Journal of Religion 12/1/2006) This is a courageous book. Fulton is party to no trend, faction, or fashion...I have not read a book in many years that taught me so much or moved me so deeply as this one. (Thomas F. X. Noble Theological Studies ) Of interest to medievalists across the disciplines of history, art history, religious studies, and literature. (Wanda Zemler-Cizewski, Marquette University Speculum ) Fulton displays an expert knowledge of a most impressive array of sources including theology, liturgy, hagiography, and religious art. (Mary F. Thurlkill Religious Studies Review ) Fulton's clarity of thought and thoroughness of explication make her study as compelling as it is challenging. (Marsha L. Dutton Catholic Historical Review ) One of the most subtle, moving, and important books in medieval religious history published over the last several decades. (Kevin Madigan History of Religions ) A rich and stimulating study which stands in its own right and also offers potential avenues for future work. (Sarah Hamilton History: The Journal of the Historical Society ) This is an important book that will continue to be read for very many years. (Srah Jane Boss American Historical Review )

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