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									PAPER 13. DEATH IN THE MIDDLE AGES, c.1050–c.1550 Dr Carl Watkins csw14@cam.ac.uk Dr Rosemary Horrox reh37@cam.ac.uk

Death in the Middle Ages has recently become an extremely fertile area of study and debate, moving the subject away from the bland generalities of Ariès’ ‘tame death’. This course focuses on England, but draws material freely from elsewhere in Europe. Among the issues to be included are the ‘rise’ of Purgatory and its consequences, sin and confession, death rituals and the memorialisation of the dead, and the good and bad death. The course ends with a look at the dismantling of medieval beliefs about the place of the dead at the Reformation, and assesses how quickly, and how thoroughly, the changes were accepted at a parochial level. The course will thus embrace the formation and destruction of a set of beliefs and their attendant rituals. Death, and particularly attitudes to the dead themselves, is an area where it is often possible to detect a marked discrepancy between the teachings of the Church and popular belief, and one of the aims of this course is to explore that distinction and its implications. The reading list is only a selection of the material to be used. Much of the recent work on the subject is in the form of articles and this will be reflected more fully in the supplementary reading lists for individual essay topics. In addition, students will be supplied with transcripts (and, where appropriate, translations) of selected primary sources, including visions, wills, funeral accounts and chronicles. Alongside the written sources (literary as well as historical), the paper will also draw extensively on visual evidence. Reading list Sources Caesarius of Heisterbach, Dialogue on Miracles, transl. H.E. Scott & C.C. Swinton Bland (2 vols, London, 1929) Jacobus de Voraigne, The Golden Legend, transl. W.G. Ryan (2 vols, Princeton, 1995) Medieval Ghost Stories, transl. A. Joynes (Woodbridge, 2001) Medieval Handbooks of Penance: a translation of the principal libri poenitentiales and selections from related documents, ed. and transl. J.T. McNeill & H.M. Gamer (New York, 1938) The Prymer or Lay Folks’ Prayer Book, ed. H. Littlehales, Early English Text Soc., original series 105 (1895), pp. 52–78 The First and Second Prayer Books of King Edward VI, ed. D. Harrison (Everyman, 1910), pp. 259–77 The Dance of Death, ed. F. Warren, Early English Text Soc., original series 181 (1931) D.W. Atkinson, The English ars moriendi (Renaissance and Baroque Studies and Texts 5, 1994) P. Easting (ed.), The Vision of the Monk of Eynsham (2003) C. Gross (ed.), Select Cases from the Coroners’ Rolls, AD 1265–1413, Selden Society 9 (1896) J. Shinners, ed. and transl., Medieval Popular Religion 1000–1500: a reader (Peterborough, Ontario, 1997) chapter 10: Death and Judgement R. Swanson, ed. and transl., Catholic England: faith, religion and observance before the Reformation (Manchester, 1993), pp. 125–47, 222–58

General P. Ariès, The Hour of Our Death (1981) P. Ariès, Western Attitudes towards Death from the Middle Ages to the Present (Baltimore, 1974) M. Aston, ‘Death’ in R. Horrox (ed.), Fifteenth-century Attitudes (Cambridge, 1994) S. Bassett (ed), Death in Towns: urban responses to the dying and the dead, 100–1600 (Leicester, 1992) N. Beriou & D.L. D’Avray (eds), Modern Questions about Medieval Sermons: essays on marriage, death, history and sanctity (Spoleto, 1994) P. Binski, Medieval Death: ritual and representation (1996) T.S.R. Boase, Death in the Middle Ages: mortality, remembrance and judgement (1972) C. Daniell, Death and Burial in Medieval England (1997) P. Geary, Living with the Dead in the Middle Ages (Cornell, 1994), pp. 32–45 A. Gurevich, Medieval Popular Culture: problems of belief and perception (Cambridge, 1988) espec. chapter 3 D.M. Hadley, Death in Medieval England (Stroud, 2001) R. Houlbrooke (ed.), Death, Ritual and Bereavement (London, 1989 P. Jupp & C. Gittings (eds), Death in England, an illustrated history (Manchester, 1999), chaps 3–5. V. Thompson, Death and Dying in Anglo-Saxon England (Woodbridge, 2004) C. Walker Bynum and P. Freedman (eds), Last Things: death and the apocalypse in the Middle Ages (Pennsylvania, 1999) Sin & Confession M.F. Braswell, The Medieval Sinner: characterization and confession in the literature of the early Middle Ages (1983) J.A. Brundage, Medieval Canon Law (1995) M. Bull, Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade (1993) J. Delumeau, transl. E. Nicolson, Sin and Fear: the emergence of a Western guilt culture, 13th–18th centuries (New York, 1991) S. Hamilton, The Practice of Penance 900–1050 (Woodbridge, 2001) M. Haren, Sin and Society in Fourteenth-century England: a study of the Memoriale Presbitorum (Oxford, 2000) M. Mansfield, The Humiliation of Sinners: public penance in thirteenth-century France (Ithaca, 1995) A.J. Minnis & P. Biller (eds), Handling Sin: confession in the Middle Ages (York, 1998) A. Murray, ‘Confession before 1215’, TRHS 6th series 3 (1993) B. Poschmann, transl. F. Courtenay, Penance and Anointing of the Sick (1969) T.N. Tentler, Sin and Confession on the Eve of the Reformation (Princeton, 1977) E. Vodola, Excommunication in the Middle Ages (1986) Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, and the Last Things P. Dinzelbacher, Vision und Visionsliteratur im Mittelalter (Stuttgart, 1981) G.R. Edwards, ‘Purgatory: birth or evolution?’ Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 36 (1985) R.K. Emmerson, Antichrist in the Middle Ages: a study of medieval apocalypticism, art and literature (Manchester, 1981) R.K. Emmerson & B. McGinn (eds), The Apocalypse in the Middle Ages (Ithaca, 1992) J. le Goff, transl. A. Goldhammer, The Birth of Purgatory (1984) A. Kabir, Paradise, Death and Doomsday in Anglo-Saxon Literature (Cambridge, 2001)

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