European Religious Cultures: Essays offered to Christopher Brooke on the occasion of his eightieth birthday


Miri Rubin


European Religious Cultures is a set of stimulating essays first written as offerings for Christopher Brooke on his eightieth birthday. They are now gathered for the enjoyment of all those interested in the history of religious cultures. They address a variety of practices in religious life - among them pilgrimage and the urban cult of saints, the monastic performance of liturgy, the choice to enter the priesthood - and situate them within the life-cycles and social relations of medieval Europeans. The authors have been inspired by Christopher Brooke's own interests over a long and fruitful career.

First published in 2008, European Religious Cultures is now reissued as an open access edition with a new introduction by Professor Miri Rubin.

Published in 2020 as part of the IHR Shorts Series by the Institute of Historical Research. 


  • Foreword
    Miri Rubin
  • From church history to religious culture: the study of medieval religious life and spirituality
    Giles Constable
  • Medieval history and generic expansiveness: some thoughts from near Stratford-on-Avon
    Paul Binski
  • Ninth-century vocations of persons of mature years
    Janet L. Nelson
  • William Wykeham's early ecclesiastical career
    Virginia Davis
  • Religious symbols and practices: monastic spirituality, pilgrimage and crusade
    William J. Purkis
  • "The Devil made me do it": demonic intervention in the medieval monastic liturgy
    Susan Boynton
  • Inside and outside the medieval laity: some reflections on the history of emotions
    John H. Arnold
  • "The whole company of Heaven": the saints of London
    Caroline M. Barron
  • Epilogue
    Christopher Brooke


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