Anticipating Sin in Medieval Society

Childhood, Sexuality, and Violence in the Early Penitentials

Erin V. Abraham

Anticipating Sin in Medieval Society

Erin V. Abraham

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

225 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789462983717 Will Publish December 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Composed between the sixth and ninth centuries, penitentials were little books of penance that address a wide range of human fallibility. But they are far more than mere registers of sin and penance: rather, by revealing the multiple contexts in which their authors anticipated various sins, they reveal much about the ways those authors and, presumably, their audiences understood a variety of social phenomena. Offering new, more accurate translations of the penitentials than what have previously been available, this book delves into these manuals for clues about less tangible aspects of early medieval history, including the innocence and vulnerability of young children and the relationship between speech and culpability; the links among puberty, autonomy, and moral accountability; early medieval efforts to regulate sexual relationships; and much more.
 
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