Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of AquitaineBy Alison WeirBallantine Books, 2010ISBN: 978-0-345-51187-4Publisher’s Synopsis: Nearing her thirtieth birthday, Eleanor has spent the past dozen frustrating years as consort to the pious King Louis VII of France. For all its political advantages, the marriage has brought Eleanor only increasing unhappiness—and daughters instead of the hoped-for male heir.
Richard I and the Science of WarfareBy John GillinghamWar and Government: Essays in Honour of J.O. Prestwich, edited by John Gillingam and J.C. Holt (Boydell, 1984)Introduction: So far as most historians are concerned there was no such thing as a science of war in the Middle Ages. This is a profoundly mistaken view, but for the purposes of this paper I propose to concentrate on one aspect of war only – strategy, the planning and conduct of campaigns, and in particular in the 12th and 13th centuries, though I shall try to draw out some of the wider implications for other periods.
Forgetting Osama bin Munqidh, Remembering Osama bin Laden: The Crusades in Modern Muslim MemoryBy Umej BhatiaRSIS Monograph No. 12, Nanyang Technological University, 2008Launched a thousand years ago, the Crusades live on in Muslim memory. Extremists like Al Qaeda’s chief Osama bin Laden say that the West is waging a renewed Crusade to destroy Islam.
Mary Magdalene, Partner or Prostitute: An in-depth study of the transformation of Mary Magdalene in church historyBy Janice MeighanYork University Research Paper, (2005) Introduction: The theme of this paper is Mary Magdalene: Partner or Prostitute. My intention is to prove the following three points: firstly, Mary Magdalene was most likely the partner of Jesus and rightful heir as First Apostle (Brock, 175); secondly, that for political reasons, the Early Christian Church negated this relationship and Mary’s significant role in the “Easter” revelation and systematically transformed her into the Prostitute (Haskins, Myth and Metaphor), and lastly, as attested by the volumes of scholarly, contemporary and popular works available today and despite what the Church has done over the centuries there appears to be in Western culture a very real and tangible need to understand and fascination for Mary Magdalene in regards to her authentic history and role in the formation of Christianity.
Clare of Montefalco (1268-1308): The life of the soul is the love of GodBy Margaret E. KlotzPhD Dissertaton, University of Toronto, 2002Abstract: This dissertation introduces St. Clare of Montefalco, a medieval mystic of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, to the English-speaking world. The thesis examines aspects of her theology emphasized in her spirituality as well as presenting her life in the context of her culture.