Gregory the Great: Perfection in Imperfection

Gregory the Great: Perfection in Imperfection

Paperback Transformation of the Classical Heritage

By (author) Carole Straw

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 309 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 226mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520068726
  • ISBN 13: 9780520068728
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 472,042

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Gregory I (590-604) is often considered the first medieval pope and the first exponent of a truly medieval spirituality. Carole Straw places Gregory in his historical context and considers the many facets of his personality--monk, preacher, and pope--in order to elucidate the structure of his thought and present a unified, thematic interpretation of his spiritual concerns.

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Author information

Carole Straw is Associate Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College.

Review quote

"This is a first rate study of the elusive character of the preoccupations and assuptions of one of the most influential of the early Popes and, after Augustine, perhaps the most important of the Western Fathers."--"Journal of Theological Studies