Eternal Light and Earthly Concerns

Eternal Light and Earthly Concerns Belief and the Shaping of Medieval Society - Artes Liberales

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In early Christianity it was established that every church should have a light burning on the altar at all times. In this unique study, Eternal light and earthly concerns, looks at the material and social consequences of maintaining these 'eternal' lights. It investigates how the cost of lighting was met across western Europe throughout the whole of the Middle Ages, revealing the social organisation that was built up around maintaining the lights in the belief that burning them reduced the time spent in Purgatory. When that belief collapsed in the Reformation the eternal lights were summarily extinguished. The history of the lights thus offers not only a new account of change in medieval Europe, but also a sustained examination of the relationship between materiality and belief.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784993016
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 270.3
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 454g
Height: 146mm
Width: 224mm
Spine width: 23mm