Search Results

Advanced Search

1 to 4 of 4 results

Sort by:

Filter by:


Article Types


Miracles, Marvels, Magic

Caroline WalkerBynum: Medieval Marvels, 9 July 2009

The Natural and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages 
by Robert Bartlett.
Cambridge, 170 pp., £17.99, April 2008, 978 0 521 70255 3
Show More
Show More
... The events and beliefs of the Middle Ages that have appeared unusual to later centuries have always attracted attention of two rather different sorts. One tendency has been to explain them away. For example, sophisticated and thoughtful about many religious phenomena though he was, in The Varieties of Religious Experience William James tended to reduce the mystical experiences of medieval women, especially when accompanied by bodily rigidity, swelling or trances, to psychological aberrations ...

Harmoniously Arranged Livers

Marina Warner, 8 June 1995

The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity 200-1336 
by Caroline WalkerBynum.
Columbia, 368 pp., £22.50, March 1995, 9780231081269
Show More
Show More
... pregnant woman? In what form would the embryo be found in the afterlife after the Day of Judgment? Caroline WalkerBynum has made abhorrent corners of Catholic metaphysics her speciality. After remarkable work on the mortifying practices of female mystics in the Middle Ages (Holy Feast and Holy Fast), she has turned her ...

Hungry Ghosts

Paul Connerton, 19 April 1990

Fragments for a History of the Human Body, Parts I-III 
edited by Michel Feher, Ramona Naddaff and Nadia Tazi.
Zone, 480 pp., £35.95, May 1989, 0 942299 25 6
Show More
Show More
... and docile bodies. Medieval mysticism provides ecstatic corroboration of a similar point. Caroline WalkerBynum argues persuasively that the body plays a central role in Western female spirituality from about 1200 until about 1500. Although chiefly connected in Medieval society with the twin themes of fertility ...

When Medicine Failed

Barbara Newman: Saints, 7 May 2015

Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation 
by Robert Bartlett.
Princeton, 787 pp., £27.95, December 2013, 978 0 691 15913 3
Show More
Show More
... Buddha. But no culture matches Catholic and Orthodox Christianity for its fascination with what Caroline WalkerBynum calls ‘holy matter’. In Bynum’s account, relics of the saints bear witness to the central paradox of Christian materiality. If the changeless God could become ...

Read anywhere with the London Review of Books app, available now from the App Store for Apple devices, Google Play for Android devices and Amazon for your Kindle Fire.

Sign up to our newsletter

For highlights from the latest issue, our archive and the blog, as well as news, events and exclusive promotions.

Newsletter Preferences