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Art in Theory 1900 - 2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas
Paul Wood, Charles Harrison
Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan
Gary P. Leupp
Daughter Am I
Pat Bertram
Sharon Kay Penman
Silver Bullet (Falls Chance Ranch #4)
Ranger, Rolf
The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity - Peter R.L. Brown This is a fine analysis of the syncretic nature of Christianity. Concrete examples of the power transference from late Roman to Christian via appropriation, subversion, and mimicry is astounding. The assimilation of the pagan in Celtic regions by the people, often to the chagrin of the Church elite, as seen through the dispersion of power from Eastern provinces of Rome and Jerusalem via saints' shrines is fascinating to consider how central power was already being undermined in the 5th, 6th, and 7th centuries.