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Violence and Religion: A View from the Middle Ages.

Talk by John Eldevik, Associate Professor of history, Hamilton College
Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., Utica.

The Middle Ages are often used as a reference point when discussing social and religious violence today, including the atrocities of ISIS or torture by US and other forces around the world. Medieval fantasy epics like The Game of Thrones reinforce this image of “the medieval” as defined by horrific violence and torture. But, what can historians tell us?

Was the medieval past as violent, dark, and chaotic as popular culture depicts? What about all the inquisitions and witch hunts? In his talk Prof. Eldevik will not only address these questions, but will also discuss how contemporary views of medieval history developed, their salience in today’s world, and the politics of historical periodization.

This talk is part of the Hamilton College at The Other Side

   Lecture Series and is free to the public.  For information contact                        Kim(315) 735-4825 or kodomenico@verizon.net.

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