Caroline Walker Bynum

Caroline Walker Bynum teaches medieval European history at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Miracles, Marvels, Magic: Medieval Marvels

Caroline Walker Bynum, 9 July 2009

The events and beliefs of the Middle Ages that have appeared unusual to later centuries have always attracted attention of two rather different sorts. One tendency has been to explain them away. For example, sophisticated and thoughtful about many religious phenomena though he was, in The Varieties of Religious Experience William James tended to reduce the mystical experiences of medieval...

Harmoniously Arranged Livers

Marina Warner, 8 June 1995

When a djinn appears in one of A.S. Byatt’s fairy tales and grants the fifty-ish academic heroine any wish her heart desires, she asks for her body ‘as it was the last time she really...

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