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A Cultural History of Peace in the Middle Ages

Warring was endemic to the Middle Ages. But so were endeavours to try and soften the attrition to secure peace and the truce of God. New book tells the cultural history of medieval peacemaking


A Cultural History of Peace in the Medieval Age
Ed. by Walter Simons
Bloomsbury Academic 2022

A Cultural History of Peace presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. The set of six volumes covers over 2500 years of history, charting the evolving nature and role of peace throughout history.
This volume, A Cultural History of Peace in the Medieval Age explores peace from 800 to 1450. As with all the volumes in the illustrated Cultural History of Peace set, this volume presents essays on the meaning of peace, peace movements, maintaining peace, peace in relation to gender, religion and war and representations of peace.
A Cultural History of Peace in the Medieval Age is the most authoritative and comprehensive survey available on peace in the medieval era.


1. Definitions of Peace
2. Human Nature, Peace, and War
3. Peace, War, and Gender
4. Peace, Pacifism, and Religion
5. Representations of Peace
6. Peace as Integration
7. Peace Movements
8. Peace, Security and Deterrence


Walter Simons is Professor of History at Dartmouth College, USA. He is the author of Cities of Ladies: Beguine Communities in the Medieval Low Countries, 1200-1565 (2012) and several earlier books in Dutch and French. He is also the co-editor, with Miri Rubin, of The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. IV: Christianity in Western Europe, c. 1100-c. 1500.



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