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We find it already established in the eleventh century3 that the king reserves a certain number of the greater crimes for his own jurisdiction.
Alas, more deaths occur as the investigation draws closer to uncovering the secret the Abbey wants hidden, and there is finally no stopping the Holy Inquisition from taking an active hand in the process.
William and his young novice must race against time to prove the innocence of the unjustly accused and avoid the wrath of Holy Inquisitor Bernardo Gui.
The following essay will attempt to outline and discuss some of the basic features, forces, figures, intellectual movements, poets, and philosophers from that long time period (roughly 1000 years from ca. 1500), though this survey can only provide a sketch of a past world that continues to have a huge impact on our own with respect to our fantasies, imaginations, but also our self-awareness, religious orientation, and, most important, our self-identity.
Before him, the fourteenth- and fifteenth-century humanists (Petrarch to Poliziano) looked down upon the previous era and characterized their forerunners with pejorative terms such as “Gothics,” or “barbarians” who allegedly had little understanding of classical antiquity (hence the term ‘Gothic’).The European Middle Ages, despite its foreignness (alterity) and chronological distance to us today, exert tremendousfascination on people in the modern and postmodern world.In fact, the medieval world seems to be more alive and important for us today than ever before.Searchable database (by Medieval Text Name, Medieval Author, or Modern Editor/Translator), currently focusing primarily on sources from England, Ireland, and France. What Every Medievalist Should Know (WEMSK) by James W. 49 topical bibliographies; see the alphabetical list.