The Rise of Western Christendom

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

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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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  • Paperback | 625 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 34mm | 938.93g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 10th Anniversary revised ed
  • maps
  • 1118301269
  • 9781118301265
  • 112,974

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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

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About Peter Brown

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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