The Sepulchre of Christ and the Medieval West

The Sepulchre of Christ and the Medieval West : From the Beginning to 1600

By (author) Colin Morris

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The tomb of Christ at Jerusalem was a vital influence in the making of Western Europe. Pilgrimage there influenced the development of society and its structures. The desire to 'bring the Sepulchre to the West' in copies or memorials shaped art and religion, while the ambition to control Christ's tomb was a central objective of the crusades. Western Europe responded to the loss of Jerusalem by creating a new pilgrimage to the East, by making kingdoms 'holy lands' for their subjects, and by creating new pilgrim centres at home. This book brings together social, political, and religious themes often considered in isolation.

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  • Paperback | 454 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 26mm | 557.92g
  • 01 Mar 2008
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • 35 in-text illustrations
  • 0199237662
  • 9780199237661
  • 949,407

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Colin Morris was formerly Professor of Medieval History at Southampton University.

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Review from previous edition It is difficult to do justice to the scope of the book, and the huge range of scholarship on which it is based, in several languages and in several disciplines ... a study worthy of its troubled and complex history. Mortality Colin Morris guides his reader through this complex history and draws on the full range of documentary, literary and visual evidence to illustrate his theme. This work makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the religious life and though of the medieval west. History Journal The merits of this magnificent book are so various that the reviewer's chief imperative must be to urge others to read it ... The breadth of reference is simply astonishing and what Morris writes seems so self-evidently true that one is tempted to forget that before him no scholar has stated it with such clarity. Journal of Ecclesiastical History [a] remarkable and brilliant study ... a magnificiently conceived and executed work whose impressive span is supported by Morris's wonderfully clear and accessible prose ... masterly and fascinating. English Historical Review Offers lavish detail on a wide range of subjects. TLS This is a valuable book. It covers a subject which is central to Christian history and should be read by everyone interested in the holy places and the role in the West of pilgrimage to them. The Tablet

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