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The Blood of Martyrs: Unintended Consequences of Ancient Violence: The Impact and Memory of Ancient Violence Hardcover – 20 May 2004


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"A fascinating exploration of an ancient Christian concept that continues--albeit in a much altered form--in today's world. The evolution of social and personal meanings of martyrdom led to unintended consequences that continue to inform notions of self-sacrifice, suicide, and passionate, even fanatical, belief. Salisbury reaches across the centuries to a bewildering period of Christian history and exposes the roots and logic of seemingly inexplicable acts. She argues the need for reason and discourse over martyrdom to bridge the related tensions that trouble our own world."-Jacqueline Murray, Professor of Medieval History and Dean of Arts, University of Guelph "This deeply original study stands as a testament to over twenty-five years of thinking, research, and writing on topics in early Christianity. In this provocative work, Joyce Salisbury explores violence, martyrdom, and sacrifice in the ancient world along with their unintended consequences and influence on our present day attitudes. "The Blood of Martyrs is highly readable. The author argues her case with clarity and sensitivity. This is a most impressive piece of work and a notable contribution to a timely and troublesome subject."-Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Joyce E. Salisbury holds the Frankenthal Professorship in History at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. She is the author of ten books, including the critically acclaimed Perpetua's Passion (Routledge 1997).

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Wonderful!!!! 4 July 2004
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This book is definitely worth reading! It is a collection of essays that bridges old beliefs with current issues, and is very thought provoking. Regardless of one's beliefs on martyrs, this book is relevant to all. Absolutely wonderful!!!
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