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Biography

James Burge writes books about the Middle Ages. They include a biography of Abelard and Heloise and a book about Dante as well a fictional novella, Absolom and The Murders on the Grand Pont.

He is currently working on a full length work of fiction about the the early life of Peter Abelard in 12th-century Paris.

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James once operated a Dalek on BBC television. He studied Mathematics and Philosophy before becoming a maker of factual television programmes. His work includes The Illumination of the Medieval Mind, a series for BBC2 with Christopher Frayling as well as a number of Horizons, Timewatches and several other series.

Books

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Articles

Dante: Inside the Mind of a Believer

Dante: Inside the Mind of a Believer

Dante Alighieri (1265 – 1321) the Florentine author of the medieval masterpiece of fantasy-fiction known as the Divine Comedy provides the modern observer with a unique insight into the world-view of a thinking man at the height of the Age of Faith. This means that his work provides a resource that should be of interest to anyone who, like for example Richard Dawkins, is concerned ...
The Perfect Valentine: Sex and Violence in Medieval Paris

The Perfect Valentine: Sex and Violence in Medieval Paris

It started ordinarily enough, as affairs often do. Abelard was a brilliant academic, in Paris making a living teaching philosophy to rich kids. During his lifetime he was to become the most famous man in the world partly, but not entirely, because of his philosophical prowess. Heloise was his student. She lived in the house of her uncle Fulbert, also an academic. It was there that Abelard had

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James Burge

James Burge

What first attracted you to the period or periods you work in?My interest is in the Middle Ages, particularly the Twelfth Century. I think what first attracted me, in my school days, was sheer weirdness of the period: bizarre beliefs, arcane knowledge, alchemy, plagues, Gothic architecture. Later I came to realise that in ...