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Inside the Medieval Mind [electronic resource]: Belief

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Founded in 1230, Scotland's Pluscarden Abbey still pulses with the prayers and spiritual pursuits of Benedictine monks. Abbot Hugh Gilbert describes their work in reassuringly human terms, framing the Christian battle against Satanic evil as an inner struggle within one's own psyche. But, as this program shows, the culture which brought Pluscarden into existence was rigidly institutional-and entrenched in the cosmology of heaven and hell. The film explores demonic possession and brushes with the afterlife, as recorded in documents of the period; the ways in which wealthy believers sought to "purchase" heavenly redemption; and the sanctity conferred upon the bones of martyrs and other religious relics.
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57 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Aug. 03, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Inside the Medieval Mind
Inside the medieval mind
  • World of Medieval Beliefs: Dead Among the Living (5:25)
  • Journey After Death (6:04)
  • Hellish Beings on Earth (2:33)
  • Angels and Demons (2:41)
  • Divine Intervention (1:26)
  • Medieval Church: Protective Shield for the Faithful (4:37)
  • Parish Churches and Priests (3:51)
  • Cult of the Saints (1:47)
  • Trial by Ordeal/Relics (3:31)
  • Pilgrimages and Relics (6:40)
  • Saints, Shrines, and Corruption (1:27)
  • Power of the Medieval Church: Crusades (2:45)
  • Christian Holy Wars (1:39)
  • Christian Enemies: Jews (3:57)
  • Christian Church vs. Reformers (4:52)
  • Medieval Church Brutal and Intransigent (2:23)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2008.
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  • 42040s Films Media Group
  • 42043 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (57 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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