If You Would Be Perfect

This historiographical essay explores a number of works on the subject of apostolic poverty, radical asceticism, and heretical renunciation from Late Antiquity to the Tridentine age.

Written and read by Dan Attrell


Ames, Christine Caldwell. Righteous Persecution: Inquisition, Dominicans, and Christianity in the Middle Ages. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. (http://amzn.to/2FtwdtV)

Black, Christopher. Italian Confraternities in the Sixteenth Century. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989. (http://amzn.to/2GFOPWS)

Bossy, John. Christianity in the West, 1400-1700. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. (http://amzn.to/2CFrX7E)

Brown, Peter. Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, AD 200-1000. Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1996. (http://amzn.to/2GFcs1L)

—. The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1982. (http://amzn.to/2BLJuOI)

—. Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD. Mercer County: Princeton University Press, 2012. (http://amzn.to/2BLelem)

Bynum, Caroline Walker. Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987. (http://amzn.to/2FvCVje)

Bynum, Caroline Walker. “Perspectives, Connections & Objects: What’s Happening in History Now?” Daedalus, 2009.

Constable, Giles. The Reformation of the Twelfth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. (http://amzn.to/2BKoxUl)

Grundmann, Herbert. Religious Movements in the Middle Ages. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995. (http://amzn.to/2CFwMhn)

Lambert, Malcom D. Franciscan Poverty. London: The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1961. (http://amzn.to/2BNB2P1)

Lazar, Lance Gabriel. Working in the Vineyard of the Lord: Jesuit Confraternities in Early Modern Italy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005. (http://amzn.to/2BOF3m3)

Little, Lester K. Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1978. (http://amzn.to/2CGjRLU)

Little, Lester K. “Review: Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women by Caroline Walker Bynum.” Journal of Social History 21 (3), 1988: 597-599.

Moore, Robert I. Formation of the Persecuting Society: Authority and Deviance in Western Europe 950-1250. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2007. (http://amzn.to/2ChZTvl)

Stewart, Columba. “The Origins and Fate of Monasticism.” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 10 (2), 2010: 257-264.

Rosenwein, Barbara H., and Lester K. Little. “Social Meaning in the Monastic and Mendicant Spiritualities.” Past & Present 63, 1974: 4-32.

Walsham, Alexandra. “Migrations of the Holy: Explaining Religious Change in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 44 (2), 2014: 241-280.

Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1930.

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