medieval europe


Neighboring Faiths, by David Nirenberg

Plenty of scholars have discussed interfaith relations in medieval Spain. What makes David Nirenberg's book distinctive is his emphasis on how each religion's self-image was shaped by its portrayal of the others.


Flesh Made Word, by Emily A. Holmes

Emily Holmes endeavors, with the help of French feminist theories, to understand several of the medieval mystics who are most alien to 21st-century religious sensibilities.

The past is now

Margaret Bendroth and John Fea both contend that Christians need to encounter the past in all its complexity and humanity.


God’s Hotel, by Victoria Sweet

Spring books

Laguna Honda sounds like a car, but it’s a hospital. It’s an alms­house in San Francisco, a place of refuge for several thousand people.