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The Blood of Martyrs: Unintended Consequences of Ancient Violence Hardcover – April 28, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0415941297 ISBN-10: 0415941296 Edition: 1st
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A fascinating exploration of an ancient Christian concept that continues--albeit in a much altered form--in today's world. The evolution of social and personal meanings of martyrdom led to unintended consequences that continue to inform notions of self-sacrifice, suicide, and passionate, even fanatical, belief. Salisbury reaches across the centuries to a bewildering period of Christian history and exposes the roots and logic of seemingly inexplicable acts. She argues the need for reason and discourse over martyrdom to bridge the related tensions that trouble our own world.
–Jacqueline Murray, Professor of Medieval History and Dean of Arts, University of Guelph

This deeply original study stands as a testament to over twenty-five years of thinking, research, and writing on topics in early Christianity. In this provocative work, Joyce Salisbury explores violence, martyrdom, and sacrifice in the ancient world along with their unintended consequences and influence on our present day attitudes. The Blood of Martyrs is highly readable. The author argues her case with clarity and sensitivity. This is a most impressive piece of work and a notable contribution to a timely and troublesome subject.
–Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg, University of Wisconsin-Madison

About the Author

Joyce E. Salisbury holds the Frankenthal Professorship in History at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. She is the author of ten books, including the critically acclaimed Perpetua's Passion (Routledge 1997).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415941296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415941297
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,364,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joyce E. Salisbury was born in 1944 in Arizona, but grew up abroad -- 10 years in Rio de Janeiro and 5 in Mexico City. She has a PhD in Medieval History from Rutgers University, and taught history at the University of Wisconsin -- Green Bay. She is currently retired and spends time writing, traveling, lecturing, and playing with grandchildren in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In her books, Salisbury has explored her interests in the past: She focuses on early Christianity, and how Christian ideas have shaped our lives; on the relationship between humans and animals, and in her Western Civ textbook, The West in the World, she concentrates on how to teach about the past in an engaging way.
Most recently, Salisbury has traveled around the world teaching religion and history through the University of Virginia's program, Semester at Sea.

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ashley M. Olson on July 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is definitely worth reading! It is a collection of essays that bridges old beliefs with current issues, and is very thought provoking. Regardless of one's beliefs on martyrs, this book is relevant to all. Absolutely wonderful!!!
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