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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Zone Books (1 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890951226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890951221
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bynum is asking that even while we deploy all the tricks and tools of modern historical analysis, we take seriously the obligation to marvel at the complexity, at the otherness, of the medieval world, a world that we will never perfectly understand and yet that seems to point to something worth understanding." Patrick J. Geary The New Republic "Over the past 30 years, Bynum has published an initially contentious series of books that have illuminated many aspects of the oddness of the medieval world... This time she focuses on Christians' intense devotion to objects that they believed both signaled and embodied God's essence and glory." - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Caroline Walker Bynum is Professor of Medieval European History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and University Professor Emerita at Columbia University. She is the author of Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion and Metamorphosis and Identity, both published by Zone Books.

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By ngpl on 22 Jan. 2013
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As always with Caroline Walker Bynum, this is a brilliant book, with a wonderful chapter on wonder and the miraculous in medieval imagination. Full of instruction and an incitement to thought.
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