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Intellectual Culture in Medieval Paris: Theologians and the University, c.1100-1330 Hardcover – 3 May 2012

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'What does Ian Wei bring to this subject that has not been done before, or how has he reshaped it? The answer is he has done much in both respects. He has added a large amount of material which, if not precisely new, is rarely presented in such detail. And by concentrating on the interface between scholastic thought and medieval social and economic life, he has reshaped the narrative … Wei's book is, without question, a major contribution to the intellectual history of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It is full of new and exciting observations, engagingly written, in a way that will be accessible to an interested general reader as well as specialists.' William J. Courtenay, Reviews in History (

'Ian Wei rises admirably to the huge challenge of explaining medieval theology to a modern lay audience, making extensive use of original sources in translation while anchoring them firmly in their historical context in an accessible and systematic manner. This master-class in expository analysis will become an indispensable introduction to a central aspect of medieval thought.' Peter Denley, Queen Mary, University of London

'With imaginative insight, clarity, and judicious scholarship, Ian Wei captures the very spirit of the masters and students in the schools of medieval Paris. Wei conveys the sheer excitement of what it was like to think, study, and teach in the early university. The masters brought a moral intensity to reflecting on their own social roles within the university and as communicators with a wider public. This is a book that will welcome any reader interested in the genealogies of our modern institutions.' Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania

'… an extremely important contribution to the intellectual history of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries … A masterpiece. Summing up: essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above.' J. M. B. Porter, Choice

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This book explores the ideas of theologians at the medieval University of Paris and their attempts to shape society. Investigating their views on money, marriage and sex, Ian Wei reveals the complexity of what theologians had to say about the world around them, and the increasing challenges to their authority.

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