Christian Books, Bibles, Music & More - 1.888.395.0572
Call our Toll Free Number:
Find us on:
Follow Us On 

Twitter!   Join Us On Facebook!

Christian Bookstore .Net is a leading online Christian book store.

Shop Christian Books, Bibles, Jewelry, Church Supplies, Homeschool Curriculum & More!

Medieval Handbooks of Penance [Paperback]

Our Price $ 31.45  
Retail Value $ 37.00  
You Save $ 5.55  (15%)  
Item Number 159770  
Buy New $31.45
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock

Item Specifications...

Pages   476
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.24"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1990
Publisher   Columbia University Press
Age  22
ISBN  0231096291  
EAN  9780231096294  

Availability  0 units.

Records of Western Civilization (Paperback) - Full Series Preview
Image Title Price Stock Qty Add To Cart
  Defensor pacis   $ 39.96   In Stock  
  Heresies of the High Middle Ages   $ 61.05   In Stock  
  The Conquest of Lisbon   $ 30.72   In Stock  
  The Correspondence of Pope Gregory VII   $ 37.74   In Stock  
  The Didascalicon of Hugh of Saint Victor: A Guide to the Arts   $ 39.44   In Stock  

Item Description...

-- Caroline Walker Bynum, Columbia University

Buy Medieval Handbooks of Penance by John McNeill from our Christian Books store - isbn: 9780231096294 & 0231096291

The team at Christian Bookstore .Net welcome you to our Christian Book store! We offer the best selections of Christian Books, Bibles, Christian Music, Inspirational Jewelry and Clothing, Homeschool curriculum, and Church Supplies. We encourage you to purchase your copy of Medieval Handbooks of Penance by John McNeill today - and if you are for any reason not happy, you have 30 days to return it. Please contact us at 1-877-205-6402 if you have any questions.

More About John McNeill

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John McNeill has an academic affiliation as follows - Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories
1Books > Subjects > History > World > General   [35342  similar products]
2Books > Subjects > History > World   [1586  similar products]
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Clergy > Church Institutions & Organizations   [1650  similar products]
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History   [4688  similar products]

Similar Products

Reviews - What do our customers think?
A Collection of Early Medieval Penitenials  Jun 21, 2005
The Penitential is a strange form of literature. Never intended for general readership they where instead given to clerics in order to help them give appropriate penances for all varieties of sin. They sprang up, without any historical precedent, in Ireland only a generation or two after St. Patrick and from there spread to England and the Continent, and even reaching Rome by the ninth century.

The reader can look at these penitentials as quaint and funny reminders of the backwardness of the early Middle Ages, but that would be missing the point. These little books display a depth of understanding of the human psyche on the part of the authors that is quite surprising to the modern reader. For example no type of sin is left out, the authors where no prudes and they knew that some people could reach any depth of depravity. Yet they also believed in the truth of their work, i.e. saving souls. Thus the worst things imaginable are still forgiven. There are constant reminders in the text telling the clerics, who are giving the penances, to be gentle with the penitent person and always remind him/her that the cleric is himself only human.

This book is also important as a reference on every day life in the early middle ages. We see that even though superstition was still common (although references to it start to thin out and disappear around the eight and ninth centuries) the church still commanded considerable power over the faithful. The clerics could never have expected any of these penances to be carried out if the conversions of the people was less then sincere, and since the penitentials where copied again and again they must have been working. Also interesting is the considerable learning that the authors display. In several individual penitentials the author will explain the differences between the Greek and the Roman Churches in giving penances. Considering that the author was often isolated in Ireland or northern England it displays amazing insight on the side of the author.

The edition itself is wonderful. The introduction is an easy to read but scholarly explanation about the development of the sacrament of penance in the Church. It goes into depth about the controversy these penitentials caused in the greater Church. The foot-notes are also helpful if you have any familiarity with Latin. It was originally published in 1938 so I highly doubt the scholarship is still cutting edge, but it is helpful for a better understanding of the time and place these little penitentials where written.
High entertainment from an unlikely source  Feb 25, 2000
An old girlfriend of mine gave me this book as a lark a few months before we broke up; I seem to recall it from a time when things were still going well.

My own interests have nothing to do with this area so I can't comment on it academically. However I have to say it's one of the strangest and most entertaining books I own. The lists of potential or actual sins seem more indicative of the range of folk superstitions and clerical nosiness than the principles of Christianity. I particularly enjoy the one about women trying to make their husbands impotent by smearing themselves with honey and rolling around in flax seed and flour that was ground counterclockwise, etc. Lots of important information about what do if your goat vomits the host, or how long a dead mouse can sit in your beer before you can't drink it.


Write your own review about Medieval Handbooks of Penance

Customer Support: 1-888-395-0572
Welcome to Christian Bookstore .Net

Our team at Christian Bookstore .Net would like to welcome you to our site. Our Christian book store features over 150,000 Christian products including Bibles, Christian music, Christian books, jewelry, church supplies, Christian gifts, Sunday school curriculum, purity rings, homeschool curriculum and many other items to encourage you in your walk with God. Our mission is to provide you with quality Christian resources that you can benefit from and share with others. The best part is that our complete selection of Christian books and supplies is offered at up to 20% off of retail price! Please call us if you have any questions or need assistance in ordering at 1-888-395-0572. Have a blessed day.

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Customer Support