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Volume 3. Early Medieval Christianities, c.600–c.1100

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Peter Brown, Philip Rousseau, Andrew Louth, Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev, Thomas M. Charles-Edwards, Lesley Abrams, Jonathan Shepard, Bat-Sheva Albert, Hugh Kennedy, Sidney H. Griffith, Tia M. Kolbaba, Ian N. Wood, Thomas F. X. Noble, Anne-Marie Helvétius, Michel Kaplan, Janet L. Nelson, Rosemary Morris, Julia Barrow, Dominique Iogna-Prat, Frederick S. Paxton, Rob Meens, Peregrine Horden, Lynda L. Coon, Arnold Angenendt, Éric Palazzo, Alain Boureau, E. Ann Matter, Guy Lobrichon, Leslie Brubaker, Mary B. Cunningham, Julia M. H. Smith, Jane Baun, John H. Van Engen
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  • Date Published: September 2008
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521817752

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  • The key focus of this book is the vitality and dynamism of all aspects of Christian experience from late antiquity to the First Crusade. By putting the institutional and doctrinal history firmly in the context of Christianity's many cultural manifestations and lived formations everywhere from Afghanistan to Iceland, this volume of The Cambridge History of Christianity emphasizes the ever-changing, varied expressions of Christianity at both local and world level. The insights of many disciplines, including gender studies, codicology, archaeology and anthropology, are deployed to offer fresh interpretations which challenge the conventional truths concerning this formative period. Addressing eastern, Byzantine and western Christianity, it explores encounters between Christians and others, notably Jews, Muslims, and pagans; the institutional life of the church including law, reform and monasticism; the pastoral and sacramental contexts of worship, belief and morality; and finally its cultural and theological meanings, including heresy, saints' cults and the afterlife.

    • Emphasises dynamic transformations and cultural diversity of early medieval Christian experience, moving away from established 'monolithic' views
    • Integrated approach to western, orthodox and eastern Christianities
    • Fresh interpretations backed by recent scholarship in related disciplines including gender studies, archaeology, and anthropology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… an excellent addition to an invaluable series.' The Historical Association

    'The editors have managed an admirable consistency of excellence across these thirty essays, with their own chapters among the most ambitious.' The Catholic Historical Review

    'Early Medieval Christianities is not necessarily a book for beginners, but what it offers is equally useful. it is an informative and engaging colloquium of specialists.' Speculum

    'In keeping with the format of a Cambridge History, this volume deploys an impressive number of academic A-listers, assembled to produce an authoritative treatment.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521817752
    • length: 880 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 158 x 54 mm
    • weight: 1.49kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Christendom, c.600 Peter Brown
    Part I. Foundations: Peoples, Places, and Traditions:
    1. Late Roman Christianities Philip Rousseau
    2. The emergence of Byzantine orthodoxy, 600–1095 Andrew Louth
    3. Beyond empire I: Eastern Christianities from the Persian to the Turkish conquest, 604–1071 Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev
    4. Beyond empire II: Christianities of the Celtic Peoples, 600–1100 Thomas M. Charles-Edwards
    5. Germanic Christianities, 600–1100 Lesley Abrams
    6. Slav Christianities, 800–1100 Jonathan Shepard
    Part II. Christianity in Confrontation:
    7. Christians and Jews, 600-c.1100 Bat-Sheva Albert
    8. The Mediterranean frontier: Christianity face to face with Islam Hugh Kennedy
    9. Christians under Muslim rule Sidney H. Griffith
    10. Latin and Greek Christians Tia M. Kolbaba
    11. The northern frontier: Christianity face to face with Paganism Ian N. Wood
    Part III. Christianity in the Social and Political Order:
    12. The Christian church as an institution Thomas F. X. Noble
    13. Ascetism and its institutions Anne-Marie Helvétius and Michel Kaplan
    14. Law and its applications Janet L. Nelson
    15. The problems of property Rosemary Morris
    16. Ideas and applications of reform, c.600–c.1100 Julia Barrow
    17. Churches in the landscape Dominique Iogna-Prat
    Part IV. Christianity as Lived Experience:
    18. Birth and death Frederick S. Paxton
    19. Remedies for sins Rob Meens
    20. Sickness and healing Peregrine Horden
    21. Gender and the body Lynda L. Coon
    22. Sacrifice, gifts, and prayers in Latin Christianity Arnold Angenendt
    23. Performing the liturgy Éric Palazzo
    Part V. Christianity: Books and Ideas:
    24. Visions of God Alain Boureau
    25. Orthodoxy and deviance E. Ann Matter
    26. Making sense of the Bible, 600–1100 Guy Lobrichon
    27. The Christian book in medieval Byzantium Leslie Brubaker and Mary B. Cunningham
    28. Saints and their cults Julia M. H. Smith
    29. Last things Jane Baun
    Conclusion: Christendom, c.1100 John H. Van Engen.

  • Editors

    Thomas F. X. Noble, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Thomas F. X. Noble is Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute and Professor of History, University of Notre Dame. He previously held positions at Texas Tech University (1976–80) and at the University of Virginia (1980–2000), as well as several prestigious fellowships in both the United States and Europe. He has written or edited six books and over thirty book chapters or journal articles.

    Julia M. H. Smith, University of Glasgow
    Julia Smith is Edwards Professor of Medieval History, University of Glasgow. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and has previously taught at Trinity College, Hartford, CT and at the University of St Andrews. Professor Smith has written numerous journal articles, and is the author or editor of four books including, most recently Europe After Rome: A New Cultural History 500–1000 (2005).

    Contributors

    Peter Brown, Philip Rousseau, Andrew Louth, Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev, Thomas M. Charles-Edwards, Lesley Abrams, Jonathan Shepard, Bat-Sheva Albert, Hugh Kennedy, Sidney H. Griffith, Tia M. Kolbaba, Ian N. Wood, Thomas F. X. Noble, Anne-Marie Helvétius, Michel Kaplan, Janet L. Nelson, Rosemary Morris, Julia Barrow, Dominique Iogna-Prat, Frederick S. Paxton, Rob Meens, Peregrine Horden, Lynda L. Coon, Arnold Angenendt, Éric Palazzo, Alain Boureau, E. Ann Matter, Guy Lobrichon, Leslie Brubaker, Mary B. Cunningham, Julia M. H. Smith, Jane Baun, John H. Van Engen

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