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Kelly, Henry Ansgar 1934-

Works: 46 works in 270 publications in 7 languages and 7,514 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Biography  Literature  Trials, litigation, etc  Trial and arbitral proceedings  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree
Classifications: PR409.P7, 821.1
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Most widely held works by Henry Ansgar Kelly
Divine providence in the England of Shakespeare's histories by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

16 editions published between 1970 and 2004 in English and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love and marriage in the age of Chaucer by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

12 editions published between 1975 and 2004 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satan : a biography by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

23 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Christians traditionally think of Satan as Lucifer, God's enemy, who rebelled against Him out of pride and then caused Adam and Eve to sin. But, as Henry Ansgar Kelly shows, this portrayal is not Biblical but a scenario invented by the early Fathers of the Church which became the "New Biography of Satan." The "Original Biography" must be reconstructed from the New Testament where Satan is the same sort of celestial functionary we see in the Book of Job - appointed to govern the World, specifically to monitor and test Human Beings. But he is brutal and deceitful in his methods, and Jesus predicts that his rule will soon come to an end." "Kelly traces the further developments of the "New Biography": Humankind's inherited guilt, captivity by Satan, and punishment in Hell at his hands. This profile of Satan remains dominant, but Kelly urges a return to the "Original Biography of Satan.""--Jacket
The matrimonial trials of Henry VIII by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

11 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Devil, demonology, and witchcraft; the development of Christian beliefs in evil spirits by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

15 editions published between 1968 and 2004 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that the discipline of demonology is a totally unneccesery and accidental element of Christian belief, and is no way born out of revealed religion. The author is primarily concerned with demonology within the Roman Catholic Church, though states that the book should be relevant to all branches of Christianity
Ideas and forms of tragedy from Aristotle to the middle ages by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

30 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Tragedy" has been understood in a variety of conflicting ways over the centuries, and the term has been applied to a wide range of literary works. In this book, H.A. Kelly explores the various meanings given to tragedy, from Aristotle's most basic notion (any serious story, even with a happy ending), via Roman ideas and practices, to the Middle Ages, when Averroes considered tragedy to be the praise of virtue, but Albert the Great thought of it as the recitation of the foul deeds of degenerate men. Professor Kelly demonstrates the importance of finding out what writers like Horace, Ovid, Dante, and Chaucer meant by the term, and how they used it as a tool of interpretation and composition. Referring to a wealth of texts, he shows that many modern analyses of ancient and medieval concepts and works are oversimplified and often result in serious misinterpretations. The book ends with surveys of works designated as tragedies in England, France, Italy, and Spain."--Jacket
The Devil at baptism : ritual, theology, and drama by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2004 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Christian baptismal ceremony was at first quite simple; by the beginning of the third century it included complex anti-demonic rites. Henry Ansgar Kelly here describes the evolution of the rites of baptism from New Testament times to the present day and explores the impact of demonological theories on Christian liturgy. Kelly begins by identifying the nature and origins of the evil spirits that are referred to in the New Testament, which proved to be major subjects of speculation and theological development by the Church Fathers. He then traces the history both of Christian demonology and of the initiation rituals, clearly illustrating their parallel evolution and their interaction. In his analysis, Kelly examines not only the direct expression of demonological theory in the original ceremonies but also the symbolic reinterpretation of theoretically untenable rituals into allegorical dramas. An astute and ambitious work, 'The Devil at Baptism' covers all the anti-demonic rites of the catechumenate and baptismal services and compares developments in East and West since the emergence of Christianity. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the development of Christian liturgy in particular and in the history of religion in general
Thomas More's trial by jury : a procedural and legal review with a collection of documents by Henry Ansgar Kelly( )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas More's treason trial in 1535 is one of history's most famous court cases, yet never before have all the major documents been collected, translated, and analyzed by a team of legal and Tudor scholars. This edition serves as an important sourcebook and concludes with a 'docudrama' reconstructing the course of the trial based on these documents. Legal experts H.A. Kelly and R.H. Helmholz take different approaches to the legalities of this trial, and four experienced judges (including Justice of the Queen's Bench Sir Michael Tugendhat) discuss the trial with some disagreements - notably on the meaning and requirement of 'malice' called for in the Parliamentary Act of Supremacy. More's own accounts of his interrogations in prison are analyzed, and the trial's procedures are compared to and contrasted with 16th-century concepts of natural law and also modern judicial practices and principles. The book is a 'must read' not only for students of law and Tudor history but also for all concerned with justice and due process. As a whole, the book challenges Duncan Derrett's conclusions that the trial was conducted in accord with contemporary legal norms and that More was convicted only on the single charge of denying Parliament the power to declare Henry VIII Supreme Head of the English Church (testified to by Richard Rich) - a position that has been uniformly accepted by historians since 1964. HENRY ANSGAR KELLY is past Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA. LOUIS W. KARLIN is an attorney with the California Court of Appeal and Fellow of the Center for Thomas More Studies, University of Dallas. GERARD B. WEGEMER is Director of the Center for Thomas More Studies
Chaucerian tragedy by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canon law and the Archpriest of Hita by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

9 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tragedy and comedy from Dante to pseudo-Dante by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inquisitions and other trial procedures in the Medieval West by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

15 editions published in 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chaucer and the cult of Saint Valentine by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

10 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Middle English Bible : a reassessment by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the last quarter of the fourteenth century, the complete Old and New Testaments were translated from Latin into English, first very literally, and then revised into a more fluent, less Latinate style. This outstanding achievement, the Middle English Bible, is known by most modern scholars as the "Wycliffite" or "Lollard" Bible, attributing it to followers of the heretic John Wyclif. Prevailing scholarly opinion also holds that this Bible was condemned and banned by the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Arundel, at the Council of Oxford in 1407, even though it continued to be copied at a great rate. Indeed, Henry Ansgar Kelly notes, it was the most popular work in English of the Middle Ages and was frequently consulted for help in understanding Scripture readings at Sunday Mass. In 'The Middle English Bible: A Reassessment', Kelly finds the bases for the Wycliffite origins of the Middle English Bible to be mostly illusory. While there were attempts by the Lollard movement to appropriate or coopt it after the fact, the translation project, which appears to have originated at the University of Oxford, was wholly orthodox. Further, the 1407 Council did not ban translations but instead mandated that they be approved by a local bishop. It was only in the early sixteenth century, in the years before the Reformation, that English translations of the Bible would be banned
Law and religion in Chaucer's England by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays, in a second collection by Professor Kelly, investigate legal and religious subjects touching on the age and places in which Geoffrey Chaucer lived and wrote, especially as reflected in the more contemporary sections of "The Canterbury Tales". Topics include the canon law of incest (consanguinity, affinity, spiritual kinship), the prosecution of sexual offences and regulation of prostitution (especially in 'The Stews of Southwark'), legal opinions about wife-beating, and the laws of nature concerning gender distinction (focusing on Chaucer's "Pardoner") and the technicalities of castration. Sacramental and devotional practices are discussed, especially dealing with confession and penitence and the Mass. Chaucer's "Prioress" serves as the starting point for a treatment of regulations of nuns in medieval England and also for the presence, real and virtual, of Jews and Saracens (Muslims and pagans) in England and conversion efforts of the time, as well as sympathetic or antipathetic attitudes towards non-Christians. Included is a case study on the legend of St Cecilia in Chaucer and elsewhere, and as patron of music; and, a discussion of canonistic opinion on the licit limits of medicinal magic (in connection with the ministrations of John the Carpenter in "The Miller's Tale")
Chaucer and the challenges of medievalism : studies in honor of H.A. Kelly( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Towards the death of Satan: the growth and decline of Christian demonology by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

8 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity and family law : an introduction by John Witte( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Western tradition has always cherished the family as an essential foundation of a just and orderly society, and thus accorded it special legal and religious protection. Christianity embraced this teaching from the start, and many of the basics of Western family law were shaped by the Christian theologies of nature, sacrament, and covenant. This volume introduces readers to the enduring and evolving Christian norms and teachings on betrothals and weddings; marriage and divorce; women's and children's rights; marital property and inheritance; and human sexuality and intimate relationships. The chapters are authoritatively written but accessible to college and graduate students and scholars, as well as clergy and laity. While alert to the hot button issues of sexual liberty today, the contributing authors let the historical figures speak for themselves about what Christianity has and can contribute to the protection and guidance of our most intimate association"--Back cover
Satan in the Bible, God's minister of justice by Henry Ansgar Kelly( )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout the ages, Satan has been seen as God's implacable enemy, fiercely determined to keep as many human beings as he can from entering the heavenly kingdom. But according to Henry Ansgar Kelly, this understanding dates only from post-biblical times, when Satan was reconceived as Lucifer, a rebel angel, and as the serpent in the garden of Eden. In the Bible itself, beginning in the book of Job and continuing through the New Testament, Satan is considered to be a member of the heavenly government, charged with monitoring the human race. In effect, he is God's Minister of Justice, bent on exposing sin and vice, especially in virtuous-seeming persons like Job and Jesus. He fills the roles of investigator, tempter (that is, tester), accuser, prosecutor, and punisher, but also obstructer, preventer of vice, and rehabilitator. He is much feared and despised, accused of underhanded and immoral tactics. His removal from office is promised and his eventual punishment hoped for. The later misreading of Satan as radically depraved transformed Christianity into a highly dualistic religion, with an ongoing contest between good and evil. Seeing Satan in his true nature, as a cynical and sinister celestial bureaucrat, will help to remedy this distorted view
Le diable et ses démons : la démonologie chrétienne hier et aujourd-hui by Henry Ansgar Kelly( Book )

10 editions published between 1936 and 1977 in 3 languages and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Ansgar Kelly, Henry 1934-

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Kelly, Andy 1934-

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Kelly, Henry, 1934-

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Kelly, Henry A. 1934-

Love and marriage in the age of ChaucerSatan : a biographyThe matrimonial trials of Henry VIIIThe Devil, demonology, and witchcraft; the development of Christian beliefs in evil spiritsIdeas and forms of tragedy from Aristotle to the middle agesThe Devil at baptism : ritual, theology, and dramaThomas More's trial by jury : a procedural and legal review with a collection of documentsChaucerian tragedy