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    The Early History of Greed: The Sin of Avarice in Early Medieval Thought and Literature (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature) (Paperback) By (author) Richard G. Newhauser, Series edited by A. J. Minnis, Series edited by Patrick Boyde, Series edited by John Burrow, Series edited by Rita Copeland, Series edited by Alan Deyermond, Series edited by Peter Dronke, Series edited by Nigel Palmer, Series edited by Winthrop Wetherbee

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    DescriptionThe history of avarice as the deadliest vice in western Europe has been said to begin in earnest only with the rise of capitalism or, earlier, the rise of a money economy. In this first full-length study of the early history of greed, Richard Newhauser shows that avaritia, the sin of greed for possessions, has a much longer history, and is more important for an understanding of the Middle Ages, than has previously been allowed. His examination of theological and literary texts composed between the first century CE and the tenth century reveals new significance in the portrayal of various kinds of greed, to the extent that by the early Middle Ages avarice was available to head the list of vices for authors engaged in the task of converting others from pagan materialism to Christian spirituality.


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    Title
    The Early History of Greed
    Subtitle
    The Sin of Avarice in Early Medieval Thought and Literature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard G. Newhauser, Series edited by A. J. Minnis, Series edited by Patrick Boyde, Series edited by John Burrow, Series edited by Rita Copeland, Series edited by Alan Deyermond, Series edited by Peter Dronke, Series edited by Nigel Palmer, Series edited by Winthrop Wetherbee
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 390 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521026482
    ISBN 10: 0521026482
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.3
    BIC subject category V2: HRCM
    LC classification: PN
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Theme: THEO/ACADEM
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25550
    B&T General Subject: 495
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    ECPA Christian Book Category: CHMCHLCHS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, SOC039000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    ECPA Christian Book Category: GNRGSEHIB, THLTHOETH
    BISAC V2.8: REL067070, LIT011000
    DC22: 241.3
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004130
    BIC subject category V2: 3H
    LC classification: BJ1535.A8 N48 2000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVG, QRAM1, JBSR, DSBB
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 June 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'Newhauser has created a thought-provoking study that points beyond moralism to economic theory.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
    Table of contents
    List of abbreviations; Preface; 1. Alms and ascetes, round stones and masons: avarice in the early church; 2. Ascetic transformations I: monks and the laity in eastern Christendom; 3. Ascetic transformations II: soaring eagles or safety in the herd - from anchoritic to cenobitic monasticism; 4. Ascetic transformations III: the Latin west in the fourth and fifth centuries; 5. Secularizing avarice and cupidity; Epilogue: Future perspectives; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Indexes.