The Blood of Christ in the Later Middle Ages1

  title={The Blood of Christ in the Later Middle Ages1},
  author={Caroline Walker Bynum},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={685 - 714}
  • C. Bynum
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Philosophy
  • Church History
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