Caroline Walker Bynum, Professor Emerita in the School of Historical Studies, joined the Institute Faculty in 2003. Her work has created the paradigm for the study of women’s piety that dominates the field of medieval Christianity today and helped propel the history of the body into a major area of premodern European studies. Her recent work is a radical reinterpretation of the nature of Christianity on the eve of the reformations of the sixteenth century. She is currently working on medieval devotional objects in comparative perspective.
Dissimilar Similitudes: Devotional Objects in Late Medieval
Europe by Caroline Bynum, Professor Emerita in the School of
Historical Studies, has been published by Princeton University
Press on September 29, 2020:
Material objects play a role in all religions. Jewish women
light candles for the Sabbath; Christians sprinkle or douse bodies
with water to baptize; Hindus offer coconuts and clarified butter
to images of the gods and goddesses; the ancient Incas...
The hundred and fifty years before the Protestant Reformation
used to be seen as a period of religious decadence. More recently,
they have been understood as an era of rather anxious piety, in
which the faithful purchased indulgences, went on...