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Peters, Edward 1936-

Works: 52 works in 455 publications in 5 languages and 20,098 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Producer
Classifications: BF1566, 133.4094
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Most widely held works by Edward Peters
Torture by Edward Peters( Book )

42 editions published between 1985 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschiedenis in gebruik van martelpraktijken in de westerse wereld van de vroegste tijden tot in de 20e eeuw
Christian society and the Crusades, 1198-1229; sources in translation, including The capture of Damietta by Oliver of Paderborn by Edward Peters( )

26 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and held by 1,832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the thirteenth century, the widespread conviction that the Christian lands in Syria and Palestine were of utmost importance to Christendom, and that their loss was a sure sign of God's displeasure with Christian society, pervaded nearly all levels of thought. Yet this same society faced other crises: religious dissent and unorthodox beliefs were proliferating in western Europe, and the powers exercised, or claimed, by the kings of Europe were growing rapidly. The sources presented here illustrate the rising criticism of the changing Crusade idea. They reflect a sharpened awareness among Europeans of themselves as a community of Christians and the slow beginnings of the secular culture and political organization of Europe
Heresy and authority in medieval Europe : documents in translation by Edward Peters( Book )

30 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout the Middle Ages and early modern Europe theological uniformity was synonymous with social cohesion in societies that regarded themselves as bound together at their most fundamental levels by a religion. To maintain a belief in opposition to the orthodoxy was to set oneself in opposition not merely to church and state but to a whole culture in all of its manifestations. From the eleventh century to the fifteenth, however, dissenting movements appeared with greater frequency, attracted more followers, acquired philosophical as well as theological dimensions, and occupied more and more the time and the minds of religious and civil authorities. In the perception of dissent and in the steps taken to deal with it lies the history of medieval heresy and the force it exerted on religious, social, and political communities long after the Middle Ages. In this volume, Edward Peters makes available the most compact and wide-ranging collection of source materials in translation on medieval orthodoxy and heterodoxy in social context
The First Crusade : the chronicle of Fulcher of Chartres and other source materials by Edward Peters( Book )

25 editions published between 1971 and 2011 in English and held by 1,783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the pontificate of Leo IX (1049-1054) to that of Urban II (1088-1099) the movement for ecclesiastical reform which had spread from small monastic centers in Italy, Burgundy, and Lorraine came to be directed by the popes themselves and thus began to focus upon the whole of the universal Church and Christendom. The result of the new universality of the ecclesiastical reform movement was the transformation of Christendom. Its most striking and complex by-product was the First Crusade. - Introduction
Inquisition by Edward Peters( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This impressive volume is actually three histories in one: of the legal procedures, personnel, and institutions that shaped the inquisitorial tribunals from Rome to early modern Europe of the myth of The Inquisition, from its origins with the anti-Hispanists and religious reformers of the sixteenth century to its embodiment in literary and artistic masterpieces of the nineteenth century and of how the myth itself became the foundation for a "history" of the inquisitions
Witchcraft in Europe, 1100-1700 : a documentary history by Alan Charles Kors( Book )

50 editions published between 1972 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text contains highlights from such influential texts as the Malleus Maleficarum, a first-person account of witch accusations and torture, and various edicts from witch-hating popes. In addition, the black and white photographs of statuary, woodcuts, and paintings are very helpful
The magician, the witch, and the law by Edward Peters( Book )

24 editions published between 1978 and 1992 in English and held by 1,331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing a distinction between medieval "magic" and early modern "witchcraft," Edward Peters argues that early medieval magic was considered a practical science, requiring study and skill. But as European society became more articulate and self-conscious, the old tradition of magic as a science became associated with heresy and sorcery. Thereafter the Middle Ages knew no safe, learned magic that was not subject to accusation of diabolism in one form or another, and the magician, like the later witch, could be punished for both spiritual and temporal offenses. Through Peters's analysis of the legal, ecclesiastical, and literary responses to this problem, magic and witchcraft are located more accurately in the cultural context of the time, providing important new insights into medieval history
Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700 : a documentary history( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning the period from 400 to 1700, the second edition of Witchcraft in Europe assembles nearly twice as many primary documents as the first, many newly translated, along with new illustrations that trace the development of witch-beliefs from late Mediterranean antiquity through the Enlightenment. Trial records, inquisitors' reports, eyewitness statements, and witches' confessions, along with striking contemporary illustrations depicting the career of the Devil and his works, testify to the hundreds of years of terror that enslaved an entire continent. homas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Thomas Hobbes, and other thinkers are quoted at length in order to determine the intellectual, perceptual, and legal processes by which "folklore" was transformed into systematic demonology and persecution. Together with explanatory notes, introductory essays -- which have been revised to reflect current research -- and a new bibliography, the documents gathered in
The world of Piers Plowman by Jeanne Krochalis( Book )

17 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and English, Middle and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection is uniquely helpful to students of medieval history, literature, and Western civilization
Crusade and Christendom : annotated documents in translation from Innocent III to the fall of Acre, 1187-1291 by Jessalynn Lea Bird( )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1213, Pope Innocent III issued his letter Vineam Domini, thundering against the enemies of Christendom--the 'beasts of many kinds that are attempting to destroy the vineyard of the Lord of Sabaoth'--and announcing a General Council of the Latin Church as redress. The Fourth Lateran Council, which convened in 1215, was unprecedented in its scope and impact, and it called for the Fifth Crusade as what its participants hoped would be the final defense of Christendom. For the first time, a collection of extensively annotated and translated documents illustrates the transformation of the crusade movement. Crusade and Christendom explores the way in which the crusade was used to define and extend the intellectual, religious, and political boundaries of Latin Christendom. It also illustrates how the very concept of the crusade was shaped by the urge to define and reform communities of practice and belief within Latin Christendom and by Latin Christendom's relationship with other communities, including dissenting political powers and heretical groups, the Moors in Spain, the Mongols, and eastern Christians. The relationship of the crusade to reform and missionary movements is also explored, as is its impact on individual lives and devotion. The selection of documents and bibliography incorporates and brings to life recent developments in crusade scholarship concerning military logistics and travel in the medieval period, popular and elite participation, the role of women, liturgy and preaching, and the impact of the crusade on western society and its relationship with other cultures and religions. Intended for the undergraduate yet also invaluable for teachers and scholars, this book illustrates how the crusades became crucial for defining and promoting the very concept and boundaries of Latin Christendom. It provides translations of and commentaries on key original sources and an up-to-date bibliography."--Jacket
The shadow king; rex inutilis in medieval law and literature, 751-1327 by Edward Peters( Book )

22 editions published between 1970 and 2005 in English and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monks, bishops, and pagans : Christian culture in Gaul and Italy, 500-700 : sources in translation, including the World of Gregory of Tours by Gregory( Book )

11 editions published between 1949 and 1981 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Middle Ages by Karen Louise Jolly( Book )

31 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The roots of European witchcraft and magic lie in Hebrew and other ancient Near Eastern cultures and in the Celtic, Nordic, and Germanic traditions of the continent. For two millennia, European folklore and ritual have been imbued with the belief in the supernatural, yielding a rich trove of histories and images." "Witchcraft and Magic in Europe combines traditional approaches of political, legal, and social historians with a critical synthesis of cultural anthropology, historical psychology, and gender studies."--Jacket
The promised lands : the Low Countries under Burgundian rule, 1369-1530 by Wim Blockmans( )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

They were, in the words of one contemporary observer, "the Promised Lands." In all of Europe, only Northern Italy could rival the economic power and cultural wealth of the Low Countries in the later Middle Ages.In The Promised Lands, Wim Blockmans and Walter Prevenier trace the relations between the cultural and economic developments of the Low Countries and the political evolution of the region under the rule of the dukes of Burgundy. Combining political, diplomatic, administrative, economic, social, artistic, and cultural history, Blockmans and Prevenier have synthesized the most recent research on the subject—much of it their own—to produce the most accessible and authoritative book in English on the subject.This is an updated and revised translation of a classic work first published in 1988, now expanded and reoriented toward a broader international readership
Europe and the Middle Ages by Edward Peters( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2004 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third edition of this comprehensive survey of early European history offers comprehensive coverage of fifteen centuries and incorporates the most important topics of recent research. In addition, the book offers extensive material on contemporary civilizations that in many ways parallel that of Europe, especially East Roman, or Byzantine civilization, and the civilization of Islam, as well as later contacts with the civilizations of Central and East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Americas. The book's major themes are those of material civilization, political and social history, and the religious framework of cultural history in terms of both normative and "lived" religion. Its central theme is the creation of a distinctively European culture that took its place--in both creative and coercive ways--among other civilizations of the world
The Burgundian code : book of constitutions or law of Gundobad, additional enactments by Edward Peters( )

10 editions published between 1972 and 1996 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gives the reader a portrayal of the social institutions of a Germanic people far richer and more exhaustive than any other available source."--The Foreword, by Edward PetersFrom the bloody clashes of the third and fourth centuries there emerged a society that was neither Roman nor Burgundian, but a compound of both. The Burgundian Code offers historians and anthropologists alike illuminating insights into a crucial period of contact between a developed and a tribal society
Europe: the world of the Middle Ages by Edward Peters( Book )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of the Lombards by Paul( )

13 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of the Lombards, by Paul the Deacon (c. 720-799), is among the most important and oldest histories of the Germanic nation. The book preserves many ancient myths and popular traditions and draws from sources that are now lost. The history traces the changing fortunes of the Lombards, the last of the migratory Germanic peoples to enter the western part of the old Roman Empire, from their first appearance in the West in the sixth century to the middle of the eighth century. The popularity of Paul the Deacon's history has endured over the centuries and, although there have been numerous translations and editions, this remains the only one in England. -- from back cover
Torture by Henry Charles Lea( )

3 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in English and German and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book, published as part four of Henry Charles Lea's 'Superstition and Force', is one of the most succinct accounts in English of the place of torture in the legal process from the Roman Empire to the nineteenth century. His study suggest that torture occupied a far more complex place in the legal sociology of the period between the third and the eighteenth centuries and the revival of torture in the twentieth century raises once again the question of torture's true place in the realms of law. Lea's wide scholarship and meticulous respect for original sources make this study one of the most reliable accounts of the history of torture available in English. -- Publisher description
Limits of thought and power in medieval Europe by Edward Peters( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Witchcraft in Europe, 1100-1700 : a documentary history
Heresy and authority in medieval Europe : documents in translationThe First Crusade : the chronicle of Fulcher of Chartres and other source materialsInquisitionWitchcraft in Europe, 1100-1700 : a documentary historyThe magician, the witch, and the lawWitchcraft in Europe, 400-1700 : a documentary historyThe world of Piers PlowmanThe Middle Ages
Alternative Names
Edward Peters Amerikaans mediëvist

Edward Peters historiador estadounidense

Edward Peters historian

Peters, Edward M.

Peters, Edward M. 1936-

Peters, Edward M. 1936- (Edward Murray)

Peters, Edward M. (Edward Murray), 1936-

Peters Edward Murray

Peters, Edward Murray 1936-