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The Medieval Church

The Medieval Church

A Brief History

  • Author: Joseph Lynch
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317563336
  • Category: History
  • Page: 368
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The Medieval Church: A Brief History argues for the pervasiveness of the Church in every aspect of life in medieval Europe. It shows how the institution of the Church attempted to control the lives and behaviour of medieval people, for example, through canon law, while at the same time being influenced by popular movements like the friars and heresy. This fully updated and illustrated second edition offers a new introductory chapter on ‘the Basics of Christianity,’ for students who might be unfamiliar with this territory. The book now has new material on some of the key individuals in church history: Benedict of Nursia, Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux and Francis of Assisi as well as a more comprehensive study throughout of the role of women in the medieval church. Lynch and Adamo seek to explain the history of the Church as an institution, and to explore its all-pervasive role in medieval life. In the course of the thousand years covered in this book, we see the members and leaders of the Western Church struggle with questions that are still relevant today: What is the nature of God? How does a church keep beliefs from becoming diluted in a diverse society? What role should the state play in religion? The book is now accompanied by a website with textual, visual, and musical primary sources making it a fantastic resource for students of medieval history.

The Medieval Church

The Medieval Church

A Brief History

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317563328
  • Category: History
  • Page: 392
  • View: 5931
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The Medieval Church: A Brief History argues for the pervasiveness of the Church in every aspect of life in medieval Europe. It shows how the institution of the Church attempted to control the lives and behaviour of medieval people, for example, through canon law, while at the same time being influenced by popular movements like the friars and heresy. This fully updated and illustrated second edition offers a new introductory chapter on ‘the Basics of Christianity,’ for students who might be unfamiliar with this territory. The book now has new material on some of the key individuals in church history: Benedict of Nursia, Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux and Francis of Assisi as well as a more comprehensive study throughout of the role of women in the medieval church. Lynch and Adamo seek to explain the history of the Church as an institution, and to explore its all-pervasive role in medieval life. In the course of the thousand years covered in this book, we see the members and leaders of the Western Church struggle with questions that are still relevant today: What is the nature of God? How does a church keep beliefs from becoming diluted in a diverse society? What role should the state play in religion? The book is now accompanied by a website with textual, visual, and musical primary sources making it a fantastic resource for students of medieval history.

The Medieval Church

The Medieval Church

A Brief History

  • Author: Joseph Lynch
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317870530
  • Category: History
  • Page: 400
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The Church was the central institution of the European Middle Ages, and the foundation of medieval life. Professor Lynch's admirable survey (concentrating on the western church, and emphasising ideas and trends over personalities) meets a long-felt need for a single-volume comprehensive history, designed for students and non-specialists.

A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition

A History of Medieval Heresy and Inquisition

  • Author: Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • ISBN: 0742568113
  • Category: History
  • Page: 328
  • View: 8138
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In this concise and balanced survey of heresy and inquisition in the Middle Ages, Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane explores the increasingly bitter encounters between piety, reform, dissent, and the institutional Church between 1100 and 1500. Although the loaded terms of "heresy" and "orthodoxy" employed by ecclesiastical officials suggest a clear division between right and wrong, that division was in fact vigorously contested by medieval people at all levels of society. Deane investigates key issues that sparked confrontations between Christians, including access to scripture, apostolic models of poverty and preaching, the Eucharist and sacramental power, and clerical corruption and wealth. She traces the means by which Church elites developed an increasingly complex set of inquisitorial procedures and resources to identify, label, and repress "heresy," examines the various regional eruptions of such confrontations across medieval Europe, and considers the judicial processes that brought many to the stake. The book ranges from the "Good Christians" of Languedoc and Lombardy and the pan-European "Poor," to Spiritual Franciscans, lay religious women, anticlerical and vernacular movements in England and Bohemia, mysticism, magical practices, and witchcraft. Throughout, Deane considers how the new inquisitorial bureaucracies not only fueled anxiety over heresy, but actually generated fictional "heresies" through their own texts and techniques. Incorporating recent research and debates in the field, her analysis brings to life a compelling issue that profoundly influenced the medieval world.

Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe

Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe

  • Author: Lester K. Little
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 9780801492471
  • Category: History
  • Page: 267
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"In this stimulating and important book Lester Little advances the original thesis that, paradoxically, it was the leading practitioners of voluntary poverty, Franciscan and Dominican friars, who finally formulated a Christian ethic which justified the activities of merchants, moneylenders, and other urban professionals, and created a Christian spirituality suitable for townsmen. Little has synthesized a vast body of specialized literature in Italian, German, French, and English to write an interpretive essay which pro- vides a new perspective on the interaction between economic and social forces and the religious movements advocating the apostolic ideal of voluntary poverty….Little's book is a major contribution, not only to the history of the religious movement of voluntary poverty, but also to the interdisciplinary study of the middle ages." —Journal of Social History

Medieval Church Law and the Origins of the Western Legal Tradition

Medieval Church Law and the Origins of the Western Legal Tradition

A Tribute to Kenneth Pennington

  • Author: Kenneth Pennington,Wolfgang P. Müller,Mary E. Sommar
  • Publisher: CUA Press
  • ISBN: 0813214629
  • Category: History
  • Page: 404
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In this volume leading scholars from around the world discuss the contribution of medieval church law to the origins of the western legal tradition. Subdivided into four topical categories, the essays cover the entire range of the history of medieval canon law from the sixth to the sixteenth century.

Christianity and Paganism, 350-750

Christianity and Paganism, 350-750

The Conversion of Western Europe

  • Author: J. N. Hillgarth
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN: 9780812212136
  • Category: History
  • Page: 213
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Using sermons, exorcisms, letters, biographies of the saints, inscriptions, autobiographical and legal documents—some of which are translated nowhere else—J. N. Hillgarth shows how the Christian church went about the formidable task of converting western Europe. The book covers such topics as the relationship between the Church and the Roman state, Christian attitudes toward the barbarians, and the missions to northern Europe. It documents as well the cult of relics in popular Christianity and the emergence of consciously Christian monarchies.

Medieval Christianity

Medieval Christianity

  • Author: Daniel E. Bornstein
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • ISBN: 9781451405774
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Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages

Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages

  • Author: Richard William Southern
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
  • ISBN: 9780140137552
  • Category: History
  • Page: 376
  • View: 1331
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The history of the Western church in the Middle Ages is the history of the most elaborate and thoroughly integrated system of religious thought and practice the world has ever known. It is also the history of European society during eight hundred years of sometimes rapid change. This authoritative history shows how the concept of an organized human society, both religious and secular, as an expression of a divinely ordered universe, was central to medieval thought. Professor R. W. Southern's book covers the period from the eighth to the sixteenth century, highlighting the main features of each medieval age and studying the Papacy, the relations between Rome and her rival Constantinople, the bishops and archbishops and the various religious orders in detail, providing a superb study of the period.

Medieval Children

Medieval Children

  • Author: Nicholas Orme
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300097542
  • Category: History
  • Page: 387
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Looks at the lives of children, from birth to adolescence, in medieval England.

The Late Medieval English Church

The Late Medieval English Church

Vitality and Vulnerability Beford the Break with Rome

  • Author: G.W. Bernard
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 0300182589
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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The later medieval English church is invariably viewed through the lens of the Reformation that transformed it. But in this bold and provocative book historian George Bernard examines it on its own terms, revealing a church with vibrant faith and great energy, but also with weaknesses which reforming bishops worked to overcome. Bernard emphasises royal control over the church. He examines the challenges facing bishops and clergy, and assesses the depth of lay knowledge and understanding of the teachings of the church, highlighting the practice of pilgrimage. He reconsiders anti-clerical sentiment and the extent and significance of heresy. He shows that the Reformation was not inevitable: the late medieval church was much too full of vitality. But Bernard also argues that alongside that vitality, and often closely linked to it, were vulnerabilities that made the break with Rome and the dissolution of the monasteries possible. The result is a thought-provoking study of a church and society in transformation.

Robert of Arbrissel

Robert of Arbrissel

A Medieval Religious Life

  • Author: Robert (of Arbrissel),Bruce L. Venarde
  • Publisher: CUA Press
  • ISBN: 9780813213545
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 155
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Robert of Arbrissel (c.1045-1116) had humble origins, but went on to become an important reformer, hermit, preacher, rebel and, controversially, a heretic in some eyes. This collection of contemporary and slightly later written sources of Robert of Arbrissel, translated from Latin into English, provides an insight into the man, his life and actions, the world in which he preached and how others viewed him. Two Lives are included by Bishop Baudri of Dol and Brother Andreas of Fontevraud (the monastery that Robert founded), followed by two highly critical letters addressed to Robert, a letter by him to the Countess of Brittany, as well as various charters that provide background material to Robert's life. A general introduction and afterword are provided by Venarde.

The Medieval Papacy

The Medieval Papacy

  • Author: Brett Edward Whalen
  • Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN: 1137374780
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 240
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During the Middle Ages, the popes of Rome claimed both spiritual authority and worldly powers, vying with emperors for supremacy, ruling over the Papal States, and legislating the norms of Christian society. They also faced profound challenges to their proclaimed primacy over Christendom. The Medieval Papacy explores the unique role that the Roman Church and its papal leadership played in the historical development of medieval Europe. Brett Edward Whalen pays special attention to the religious, intellectual and political significance of the papacy from the first century through to the Reformation in the sixteenth century. Ideal for students, scholars and general readers alike, this approachable survey helps us to understand the origins of an idea and institution that continue to shape our modern world.

The Crisis of Church and State, 1050-1300

The Crisis of Church and State, 1050-1300

  • Author: Brian Tierney
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 9780802067012
  • Category: History
  • Page: 212
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From the Introduction: We need not be surprised, then, that in the Middle Ages also there were rulers who aspired to supreme political and temporal power. The truly exceptional thing is that in medieval times there were always at least two claimants to the role, each commanding a formidable apparatus of government, and that for century after century neither was able to dominate the other completely, so that the duality persisted, was eventually rationalized in works of political theory and ultimately built into the structure of European society. This situation profoundly influenced the development of Western constitutionalism.

Constantine and the Conversion of Europe

Constantine and the Conversion of Europe

  • Author: A. H. Jones
  • Publisher: Read Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 1446547051
  • Category: History
  • Page: 284
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Constantine the Great was Roman Emperor from 306 to 337 AD. As emperor, Constantine enacted many administrative, financial, social, and military reforms to strengthen the empire. The government was restructured and civil and military authority separated. A new gold coin, the solidus, was introduced to combat inflation. It would become the standard for Byzantine and European currencies for more than a thousand years.

A History of Medieval Christianity

A History of Medieval Christianity

Prophecy and Order

  • Author: Jeffrey Burton Russell,Douglas W. Lumsden
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
  • ISBN: 9780820445113
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 205
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This volume, a general history of the church in the Middle Ages, pays close attention to the spiritual, intellectual, and institutional aspects of medieval Christianity. From its beginnings, the church has existed in a state of tension between two forces: the spirit of order and the spirit of prophecy. The spirit of order attempts to reform humanity and human institutions; the spirit of prophecy attempts to transform them into the world of God. This tension created a balance within the church that kept it from forgetting the nature of basic religious experience while continuing to remain sensitive to the needs of society.

The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity

The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity

  • Author: John H. Arnold
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191015016
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 640
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The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity takes as its subject the beliefs, practices, and institutions of the Christian Church between 400 and 1500AD. It addresses topics ranging from early medieval monasticism to late medieval mysticism, from the material wealth of the Church to the spiritual exercises through which certain believers might attempt to improve their souls. Each chapter tells a story, but seeks also to ask how and why 'Christianity' took particular forms at particular moments in history, paying attention to both the spiritual and otherwordly aspects of religion, and the material and political contexts in which they were often embedded. This Handbook is a landmark academic collection that presents cutting-edge interpretive perspectives on medieval religion for a wide academic audience, drawing together thirty key scholars in the field from the United States, the UK, and Europe. Notably, the Handbook is arranged thematically, and focusses on an analytical, rather than narrative, approach, seeking to demonstrate the variety, change, and complexity of religion throughout this long period, and the numerous different ways in which modern scholarship can approach it. While providing a very wide-ranging view of the subject, it also offers an important agenda for further study in the field.

Medieval Graffiti

Medieval Graffiti

The Lost Voices of England's Churches

  • Author: Matthew Champion
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1473503639
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 272
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For centuries carved writings and artworks in churches lay largely unnoticed. So archaeologist Matthew Champion started a nationwide survey to gather the best examples. In this book he shines a spotlight on a forgotten world of ships, prayers for good fortune, satirical cartoons, charms, curses, windmills, word puzzles, architectural plans and heraldic designs. Drawing on examples from surviving medieval churches in England, the author gives a voice to the secret graffiti artists: from the lord of the manor and the parish priest to the people who built the church itself. Here are strange medieval beasts, knights battling unseen dragons, ships sailing across lime-washed oceans and demons who stalk the walls. Latin prayers for the dead jostle with medieval curses, builders’ accounts and slanderous comments concerning a long-dead archdeacon. Strange and complex geometric designs, created to ward off the ‘evil eye’ and thwart the works of the devil, share church pillars with the heraldic shields of England’s medieval nobility.

Early Christianity

Early Christianity

A Brief History

  • Author: Joseph H. Lynch
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780195138559
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 266
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A concise, accessible introduction to the history of early Christianity, this text covers the development of the Christian church from its origin through the year 600. Equally suited to beginning and more advanced students alike, the text opens with a discussion of the historical Jesus-what we know and how do we know it?-before discussing the Jewish and Roman world in which Christianity arose. The book moves on, mostly chronologically, to chart the progress of Christianity from fringe sect to dominant religion, down through the reign of Pope Gregory I. Interspersed are chapters on Roman society and culture, Christian intellectuals, and Church government, and the book closes with an epilogue on Muhammad and the rise of Islam. Excerpts and quotations from a wide variety of ancient sources-including the New Testament, the Gospel of Thomas, the Didache, and the writing of Dio Chrysostom, Fronto, and Tactitus, among others-engage students and help to show them how historians learnabout the ancient world. Each chapter ends with carefully selected suggestions for further readings, including both ancient and modern texts. Timelines accompany each Part and the book features eight custom-drawn maps.

An Introduction to the Medieval Bible

An Introduction to the Medieval Bible

  • Author: Frans van Liere,Franciscus Anastasius Liere
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521865786
  • Category: Bibles
  • Page: 338
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An accessible account of the Bible in the Middle Ages that traces the formation of the medieval canon.