Middelalderens verden: Verdensbilledet, tænkningen, rummet og religionen edited by Ole Høiris & Per Ingesman is the a volume in their in the Verdensboger (World Book) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to particular cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for October. The Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series, written by scholarly experts, but meant to be accessible to a general audience as well.
This volume contains essays on various topics providing a comprehensive introduction to the world of the Middle Ages in Europe with a few excursions to areas outside, from influential thinkers including Thomas More to church architecture to early scientific and mathematical notions to the influence of trade with the Islamic world, with a special section on the Christianization of the Nordic regions, with the usual lavish illustrations including some very nice facsimiles of illuminated manuscript pages.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through October, available directly from the university’s website.
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Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual Journey to the Fullness of Life For Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else by the late John J. McNeill, an academic theologian and former Jesuit priest turned psychotherapist and LGBT rights activist, is his religious spirituality self-help guidebook, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This was originally published in 1994 by Beacon Press. The book was intended to help religious LGBT persons and supporters reconcile their Christian beliefs and their sexual orientation in a positive manner, providing spiritually uplifting reassurance in the Christ-like message of love for all, with some examination and interpretation of the actual scriptures regarding various things, plus the obligatory 12-step DIY self-help program.
NB: Although quite a number of things have changed for the better since this was originally written, unfortunately, a number of others haven’t, so quite possibly some of the advice given in this remains valid to this day. YMMV.
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Reformationen (The Reformation) by Bo Kristian Holm, an associate professor studying theology at the School of Culture & Society at Aarhus University, is the 49th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This Danish-language essay covers the roots of the Protestant Reformation sparked by the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 theses in the 16th century, and the ensuing theological and political effects which carry on to this day.
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Fallen Order: Intrigue, Heresy, and Scandal in the Rome of Galileo and Caravaggio by Karen Liebreich, an historian and former producer at the BBC and The History Channel, is is her history book about a 17th century scandal in the Catholic Church, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 2004 by Grove Press. This accessibly-written history examines a scandal in 17th century Rome, having to do with accusations of child abuse in schools which the Catholic Church ran and the ensuing investigations, with a lack of punishment and cover-ups for the persons responsible, akin to similar Catholic institutional scandals which have been revealed in recent decades.
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Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Art, and Arson in the Convents of Italy by Craig A. Monson, a Professor Emeritus of Music at Washington University in St. Louis, is his cultural history book focusing on the lives of particular nuns during the Renaissance, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is an accessibly-written academic book about transgressive women in Italian religious orders in the 16th and 17th centuries, drawn from the Vatican Secret Archive, featuring anecdotes and biographical tales about nuns who dared to speak and act out against the status quo of the day, as well as their connection to the modern-day subversive religious devotees who are their spiritual successors.
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