"A collection of essays focusing on the relationship between concepts of the holy and the unholy in western European medieval culture. Demonstrates how religion, magic, and science were all modes of engagement with a natural world that was understood to be divinely created and infused with mysterious power"--Provided by publisher.
Introduction : flirting between heaven and hell / David J. Collins Extreme sanctity at the turn of the thirteenth century : the metamorphosis of body and community in the vitae of Christina Mirabilis and Francis of Assissi / Claire Fanger The sources and significance of Stefania's New statement on Margherita Colonna's Perfection of the virtues / Sean L. Field Materializing conflict : how parish communities remember their medieval pasts / Kristi Woodward Bain Rape and rapture : violence, ambiguity, and raptus in medieval thought / Elizabeth Casteen Syneisaktism : sacred partnership and sinister scandal / Maeve B. Callan Was magic a religious movement? / Michael D. Bailey The jurisdiction of medieval inquisitors over Jews and Muslims : Nicholas Eymeric's Contra infideles demones invocantes / Katelyn Mesler Magicking madness : secret workings and public narratives of disordered minds in late medieval Germany / Anne M. Koenig A late medieval demonic invasion of the heavens / Sophie Page Scholastics, stars, and magi : Albert the Great on Matthew 2 / David J. Collins.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-281) and index.