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Women ben purifyid of her childeryn, the purification of women after childbirth in medieval England

Women ben purifyid of her childeryn, the purification of women after childbirth in medieval EnglandBy Becky R. LeePhD Dissertation, University of Toronto, 1998Abstract: This study of the purification of women after childbirth in medieval England undertakes two tasks. First, it recovers and documents the rite of post-partal purification, and the customs surrounding it, as it was practised in England, from the earliest extant references to it originating in the twelfth century, to the publication of the second Edwardian Book of Common Prayer published in 1552.
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Harnessing the Potential in Historiography and Popular Culture When Teaching the Crusades

Harnessing the Potential in Historiography and Popular Culture When Teaching the CrusadesBy Dawn Marie HayesThe History Teacher, Vol. 40:3 (2007)Introduction: The Crusades are among the few medieval events with which most students have familiarity. However, during these days of heightened tensions in the Middle East, for many the Crusades have taken on an urgency as a distant historical phenomenon that speaks powerfully to present religious and political concerns.
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Trail of Fate

Trail of FateBy Michael P. SpradlinPublisher: Penguin Young Reader Group, November 3, 2009ISBN: 9780399247644In the Middle Ages, young squire Tristan of the Knights Templar, King’s Archer Robard, and Muslim assassin Maryam work together to protect the Holy Grail as they travel across France toward England, a journey that takes them to the Cathar fortress of Montségur.
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Law and the (Un)dead: medieval models for understanding the hauntings in Eyrbyggja saga

Law and the (Un)dead: medieval models for understanding the hauntings in Eyrbyggja sagaBy John D. MartinSaga-Book: Viking Society for Northern Research, Vol. 29 (2005)Introduction: In Chapter 34 of Eyrbyggja saga, the family of Arnkell Þórólfsson suffers the first of many depredations at the hands of one of the malevolent undead:Sá atburðr varð um haustit í Hvammi, at hvárki kom heim smalamaðr né fét, ok um morguninn var leita farit, ok fannsk smalamaðr dauðr skammt frá dys Þórólfs; var hann allr kolblár ok lamit í hvert bein; var hann dysjaðr hjá Þórólfi, en fénaðr allr, sá er verit hafði í dalnum, fannsk sumr dauðr, en sumr hljóp á fj†ll ok fannsk aldri.
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Session 3: Hostages & Captive Taking in the High Middle Ages Heroes, Fosterage and Hagiography: The Function of Fosterage in Medieval Irish Literature

Heroes, Fosterage and Hagiography: The Function of Fosterage in Medieval Irish Literature Lahney Preston-Matto (Adelphi University)SummaryThis paper examined the fosterage from the perspective of Irish Saint’s lives. Fosterage formed an alternative community. During the middle ages in Ireland, abduction was a perfectly accepted form of marriage.
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Rothschild Prayerbook expected to sell for as much as $18 million at auction

The Rothschild Prayerbook, which once set a record for the most expensive illuminated manuscript sold at auction, will again be offered for sale by Christie’s. This time the Book of Hours is expected to sell for between $12 million and $18 million later this month.The prayerbook was made for a member of the imperial court in the Netherlands in the early sixteenth-century, and gained its name when it joined the collections of the Rothschild family in the 19th century.
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