Franklin

Souls under Siege : Stories of War, Plague, and Confession in Fourteenth-Century Provence / Nicole Archambeau.

Author/Creator:
Archambeau, Nicole, author., Author,
Publication:
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (282 pages) : 4 black and white halftones, 2 maps
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
Status/Location:
Loading...

Options
Location Notes Your Loan Policy

Details

Subjects:
Healing -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History -- To 1500.
Penance -- History -- France -- Provence -- To 1500.
Plague -- France -- Provence -- History -- To 1500.
War and society -- France -- Provence -- History -- To 1500.
Local subjects:
France. (search)
Medicine & Medical Issues. (search)
Medieval & Renaissance Studies. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
Summary:
In Souls under Siege, Nicole Archambeau explores how the inhabitants of southern France made sense of the ravages of successive waves of plague, the depredations of mercenary warfare, and the violence of royal succession during the fourteenth century. Many people, she finds, understood both plague and war as the symptoms of spiritual sicknesses caused by excessive sin, and they sought cures in confession.Archambeau draws on a rich evidentiary base of 68 narrative testimonials from the canonization inquest for Countess Delphine de Puimichel, which was held in the market town of Apt in 1363. Each witness in the proceedings had lived through the outbreaks of plague in 1348 and 1361, as well as the violence inflicted by mercenaries unleashed by truces in the Hundred Years' War. Consequently, their testimonies unexpectedly reveal the importance of faith and the role of affect in the healing of body and soul alike. Faced with an unprecedented cascade of crises, the inhabitants of Provence relied on saints and healers, their worldview connecting earthly disease and disaster to the struggle for their eternal souls. Souls under Siege illustrates how medieval people approached sickness and uncertainty by using a variety of remedies, making clear that "healing" had multiple overlapping meanings in this historical moment.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
A Note on Names
Introduction. Telling Stories of Danger in Fourteenth-Century Provence
1. Bertranda Bertomieua and the Death of King Robert of Naples, 1343
2. Bishop Philippe Cabassole and the "War of the Seneschals," 1347-1349
3. Master Nicolau Laurens and the Mercenary Invasion of 1357-1358
4. Lady Andrea Raymon and the Great Companies, 1361
5. Master Durand Andree and the Sacrament of Penance as a Moment of Danger
6. Sister Resens de Insula and the Desire for Certainty
Conclusion: Lord Giraud de Simiana and the Health of Body and Soul
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 21. Apr 2021)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781501753688
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781501753688 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.