Recovering Lost Stories

by Frans van Liere The story of the Four Sons of Haymo was widely popular in the late middle ages and Renaissance, especially in France and in the Low Countries, where I grew up. As a boy in school, I learned a song about the “Vier Heemskinderen” (as it is called in Dutch), and their …

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Featured Faculty Book Review: Frans van Liere, An Introduction to the Medieval Bible

Although all of our faculty are busy researching and writing, we don't often share the results here on Historical Horizons. We do rejoice together in each other's achievements, and sometimes a book review is too good not to share. Congratulations to Frans van Liere, whose book An Introduction to the Medieval Bible (Cambridge, 2014) received the following outstanding …

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Is There A Place for Medieval Exegesis in Evangelical Christianity?

by Frans van Liere. When I tell people that I just finished writing an introduction to the medieval Bible, I usually receive varied reactions. The prevailing sentiment is that research on the medieval Bible is at best quaint, perhaps even interesting in an outlandish kind of way, but hardly relevant for modern believers. Does it matter …

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Calvin’s Unknown Rare Art Treasure

by Frans van Liere. Calvin College owns one medieval manuscript. At least, it is part of a manuscript: seven leaves, containing a liturgical calendar, which at one point was part of a medieval Psalter or prayer book. It contains one particularly beautiful miniature, which now is on the cover of my forthcoming book on the …

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