Classics and Religious Studies, Department of


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The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Volume 63, Issue 01 (January 2012), pp 143 - 144; doi: 10.1017/S0022046911001710,


Copyright 2012 Cambridge University Press. Used by permission.


Readers familiar with Marilyn Adams’s work know to expect top quality analytical philosophical rigour combined with a respectful historical approach to medieval thought. This survey of eucharistic theology, with special attention to the mechanics of the real presence of Christ in the consecrated bread and wine, provides an overview of the most influential theologians of the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Ordinarily, this topic’s complexity discourages many readers; Adams’s aim is to provide a concise, accurate introduction, which she accomplishes effectively.