The Long History of Censorship

This portrays the story of a dispute between Saint Dominic and the Cathars in which the books of both were thrown in a fire and St. Dominic’s books were miraculously preserved from the flames. This was believed to symbolize the wrongness of the Cathars teachings. Painting by Pedro Berruguete / Wikimedia Commons Censorship has followed the[…]

Like a Virgin? The Medieval Origins of a Modern Ritual

The medieval – and modern – Catholic practice of consecrating women as virgins who has lost their virginity. By Dr. Katherine Harvey / 07.20.2018 Wellcome Trust Research Fellow Birkbeck College University of London Although well-behaved women seldom make history, they do sometimes make the news. Over the past few days, numerous news outlets have reported on a[…]