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THE ARMA CHRISTI IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN MATERIAL CULTURE: WITH A CRITICAL EDITION OF "O'VERNICLE". Ed. by Lisa H. Cooper and Andrea Denny-Brown. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2014. 448 pp. with 58 ills. (29 col.). 24 x 17 cm. LC 2013-10585 ISBN 9781409456766 In English.
Publisher's description: This book explores the multiple resonances and representations of the Arma Christi, the instruments of the Passion, in medieval and early modern culture. From the weapons used to torment and sacrifice the body of Christ sprang a reliquary tradition that produced active and contemplative devotional practices, complex literary narratives, intense lyric poems, striking visual images, and innovative architecture. The verbal and visual representations that accrued from these holiest of relics, and the practices they in turn inspired, are relevant to a wide variety of critical fields and theoretical approaches. This collection capitalizes on recent work on these most central of medieval objects, and produces, through its interdisciplinary and intergenerational scholarly collaboration, a fresh view of the multiple intersections of the spiritual and the material in the Middle Ages. It also includes a new edition of the English Arma Christi poem known as O'Vernicle from previously unpublished manuscripts.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 300 A.D.-1400, 1400-1600 — Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 160116
Hardcover $149.95    

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