The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000

The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000

Paperback Making of Europe

By (author) Peter Brown

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 625 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 34mm | 939g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118301269
  • ISBN 13: 9781118301265
  • Edition: 10, Revised
  • Edition statement: 10th Anniversary revised ed
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 129,157

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This tenth anniversary revised edition of the authoritative text on Christianity's first thousand years of history features a new preface, additional color images, and an updated bibliography. The essential general survey of medieval European Christendom, Brown's vivid prose charts the compelling and tumultuous rise of an institution that came to wield enormous religious and secular power. * Clear and vivid history of Christianity's rise and its pivotal role in the making of Europe * Written by the celebrated Princeton scholar who originated of the field of study known as 'late antiquity' * Includes a fully updated bibliography and index

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Peter Brown is Emeritus Professor of History at Princeton University. He is a celebrated scholar and author of numerous seminal historical works, which include Augustine of Hippo (1967, 2000), The World of Late Antiquity (1971), The Cult of the Saints (1982), The Body and Society (1988), Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire (1992), Authority and the Sacred: Aspects of the Christianization of the Roman World (1995), Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (2002), and the forthcoming Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (2012).

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"Summing Up. Highly recommended. Especially libraries that lack the second edition; lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." ( Choice , 1 September 2013)

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The publication of this revised edition of a masterwork by Princeton University's celebrated scholar of late antiquity marks the book's tenth anniversary. A central volume in the Wiley-Blackwell series "The Making of Europe," the book has undergone a thorough redesign and includes a new preface covering academic developments in the last ten years, revised common opinions, a fully updated bibliography, and additional color images. As a superbly realized account of the compelling history of Christianity's evolution in its tumultuous first millennium, it is the essential general survey of the subject. Brown charts the rise to prominence of a religion that began as an obscure sect in Roman Judaea and developed into Europe's dominant religious - and political - institution. Christianity played a pivotal role in the making of Europe, as well as the delineation of its boundaries: the political gulf between Europe and its eastern neighbors was also a religious divide. This volume offers students of religious history unmatched depth of analysis by the leading academic authority on the period

Table of contents

List of Illustrations ix Preface to the Revised Anniversary Edition xi Preface to the Second Edition xlviii Introduction 1 Part I Empire and Aftermath: A.D . 200--500 35 1 "The Laws of Countries": Prologue and Overview 37 2 Christianity and Empire 54 3 Tempora Christiana : Christian Times 72 4 Virtutes sanctorum ... strages gentium : "Deeds of Saints ... Slaughter of Nations" 93 5 On the Frontiers: Noricum, Ireland, and Francia 123 Part II Divergent Legacies: A.D . 500--600 143 6 Reverentia, rusticitas : Caesarius of Arles to Gregory of Tours 145 7 Bishops, City, and Desert: East Rome 166 8 Regimen animarum : Gregory the Great 190 Part III The End of Ancient Christianity: A.D . 600--750 217 9 Powerhouses of Prayer: Monasticism in Western Europe 219 10 The Making of a Sapiens : Religion and Culture in Continental Europe and in Ireland 232 11 Medicamenta paenitentiae : Columbanus 248 12 Christianity in Asia and the Rise of Islam 267 13 "The Changing of the Kingdoms": Christians under Islam 295 14 Christianities of the North: Ireland 321 15 Christianities of the North: The Saxons of Britain 340 16 Micro-Christendoms 355 Part IV New Christendoms: A.D . 750--1000 381 17 The Crisis of the Image: The Byzantine Iconoclast Controversy 383 18 The Closing of the Frontier: Frisia and Germany 408 19 "To Rule the Christian People": Charlemagne 434 20 In gcar dagum , "In Days of Yore": Northern Christendom and its Past 464 Notes 490 Coordinated Chronological Tables 573 Bibliography 578 Primary Sources 578 Secondary Sources 589 Index