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Anna Trumbore Jones co-authors sourcebook on medieval clergy

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April 18, 2024

In a collaboration bridging academia and teaching, Professor Anna Trumbore Jones of Lake Forest College has co-authored a groundbreaking book, The Medieval Clergy, 800–1250: A Sourcebook.

This comprehensive work, co-written with John S. Ott, Professor of History at Portland State University, promises to be a vital resource for scholars and educators delving into the intricacies of medieval history.

Diving deep into the lives and roles of the secular clergy between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, The Medieval Clergy presents a rich tapestry of documents shedding light on the multifaceted responsibilities and experiences of priests, bishops, deacons, and canons. These clergy members, often central figures in medieval society, were entrusted with a myriad of duties encompassing pastoral care, sacramental rites, familial guidance, social engagement, educational endeavors, liturgical practices, legal matters, and civic responsibilities.

Professor Jones expressed her enthusiasm for the project, stating, “It is a sourcebook for teaching purposes, so it unites my research and teaching interests.” Indeed, the book not only reflects the culmination of rigorous scholarly research but also serves as a practical tool for educators seeking to immerse students in the vibrant world of medieval clergy.

One of the notable features of The Medieval Clergy is its inclusion of previously untranslated documents, offering readers unparalleled access to primary sources in English. Moreover, the book presents curated dossiers of interconnected documents, enabling both students and non-specialists to delve deeply into the lives of individuals, explore evolving ideas, and understand historical contexts with nuance.

This work is poised to become an indispensable resource for historians, educators, and enthusiasts alike. The Medieval Clergy promises to illuminate not only the religious landscape of the Middle Ages but also the intricate interplay between faith, society, and governance during this transformative period in history.

Medieval Clergy book jacket

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