Book Series Europa Sacra, vol. 22

Boundaries in the Medieval and Wider World

Essays in Honour of Paul Freedman

Thomas Barton, Susan McDonough, Sara McDougall, Matthew Wranovix (eds)

  • Pages: 348 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:7 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2017

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-56845-4
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The articles in this collection delve into the Middle Ages and the early modern period, exploring such topics as the religious culture, Spain, and the history of food.


“The contributors to this volume have interpreted their brief in many unexpected and thought-provoking ways (…) The beauty of that (…) is that most researchers are likely to find at least one gem in the offering.” (Kirsty Bolton, in Cerae: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 5, 2018, p. 120-21)

“While each of these essays will draw the interest of specialists, who may want to pluck them to use them separately for courses or research, the whole collection merits some reflection.” (Hussein Fancy, in The Medieval Review, 22/08/2019)

“The volume is a tribute to a lifetime of extraordinary achievement.” (Thomas A. Fudge, in Parergon, 36/1, 2019, p. 184)


Throughout his distinguished career at Vanderbilt and Yale, Paul H. Freedman has established a reputation for pushing against and crossing perceived boundaries within history and within the historical discipline. His numerous works have consistently ventured into uncharted waters: from studies uncovering the hidden workings of papal bureaucracy and elite understandings of subaltern peasants, to changing perceptions of exotic products and the world beyond Europe, to the role modern American restaurants have played in taking cuisine in exciting new directions.

The fifteen essays collected in this volume have been written by Paul Freedman’s former students and closest colleagues to both honour his extraordinary achievements and to explore some of their implications for medieval and post-medieval European society and historical study. Together, these studies assess and explore a range of different boundaries, both tangible and theoretical: boundaries relating to law, religion, peasants, historiography, and food, medicine, and the exotic. While drawing important conclusions about their subjects, the collected essays identify historical quandaries and possibilities to guide future research and study.


Introduction: Paul Freedman, A Man of Many Tastes - Thomas W. Barton, Susan McDonough, Sara McDougall, Matthew Wranovix

Paul Freedman: Published Works


Resisting the Call to Arms in Medieval Catalonia - Thomas W. Barton

Jewish Divorce and Latin Notarial Culture in Fourteenth-Century Catalonia - Sarah Ifft Decker

Countesses Gone Wild: Lordship and Violent Women in the High Middle Ages - Jeffrey A. Bowman

Captured at Home: Gender, Family, and the Burden of Captivity - Susan McDonough


The Monk-King and the Abbess-Countess, Dynastic Lineage in Twelfth-Century Aragon and Boulogne - Sara McDougall

Women, Heresy, and Aristocracy – The Ties that Bound Robert of Arbrissel - Annalena Müller

Serving in the Cloister: Slaves, Servants, and Discipline in Late Medieval Nunneries - Michelle Herder

Praying with an Eleventh-Century Manuscript: A Case Study of Paris, BnF MS lat. 13593 - Lauren Mancia


The Cult of St. Isidore the Labourer in Poland - Agnieszka Rec

The Gleaners - William Chester Jordan


Mediterranean Dreams - Adam Franklin-Lyons

Food, Medicine, and the Exotic

Pastors of the Soul, Healers of the Body: Parish Priests and the Practice of Medicine in the Late Medieval Diocese of Eichstätt - Matthew Wranovix

Wine Preference in Medieval Cultural History, an Individual Choice? - Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre

Court Cookery Transformed - Bobbi Sutherland

You Eat What You Are: The Social Meaning of Food in Late Medieval Castile - Teofilo Ruiz


Paul H. Freedman: Published Works