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Gregory the Great and His World

Paperback|Oct 1997
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Markus's new and accessible work is the first full study of Gregory the Great since that of F. H. Dudden (1905) to deal with both Gregory's life and work as well as with his thought and spirituality. With his command...


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Markus's new and accessible work is the first full study of Gregory the Great since that of F. H. Dudden (1905) to deal with both Gregory's life and work as well as with his thought and spirituality. With his command of Gregory's works, Markus portrays vividly the daily problems of one of the most attractive characters of the age. Gregory's culture is described in the context of the late Roman educational background and in the context of previous patristic tradition. Markus seeks to understand Gregory as a cultivated late Roman aristocrat converted to the ascetic ideal, caught in the tension between his attraction to the monastic vocation and his episcopal ministry, at a time of catastrophic change in the Roman world. The book deals with every aspect of his pontificate* as bishop of Rome, as landlord of the Church lands, in his relations to the Empire, and to the Western Germanic kingdoms in Spain, Gaul, and, especially, his mission to the English.
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This is a study of Gregory the Great, the pope who sent Augustine (of Canterbury) and his fellow missionaries to convert the heathen English to Christianity (597). The book deals with every aspect of Gregory's pontificate and thus will be a major contribution to the study of late antique society.
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"Markus deserves our gratitude for clarifying Gregory's dispute with the so-called Donatists of the sixth century. Markus delineates the difference two centuries brought to the question. Markus unwinds the tangled web of the Schism of the Three Chapters with careful attention to prosopography as well as the political ambitions and vulnerabilities of various players. Scholars of church history and of the Middle Ages will welcome this book for its clarification of the complicated role Gregory... It is a significant contribution that advances our understanding of Gregory and his times. Markus writes with precision, clarity, and a freshness of expression that makes his works a delight to read. This work is no exception." Carole Straw, Church History
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 146760
  • Product Code 0521586089
  • EAN 9780521586085
  • Pages 268
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Oct 1997
  • Dimensions 229 x 153 x 19mm
  • Weight 0.385kg
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction: A Contemplative In A Troubled World
  • 2. Integritas Animi: Ministry In The Church
  • 3. Sapienter Indoctus: Scriptural Understanding
  • 4. Appropinquante Mundi Termino: The World In Its Old Age
  • 5. The Christian Community And Its Neighbours
  • 6. Christiana Respublica: Within The Confines Of The Empire
  • 7. Terra Mea: Italy Between Two Worlds
  • 8. Argus Luminosissimus: The Pope As Landlord
  • 9. Scissum Corpus: The Schism Of The Three Chapters
  • 10. Ravenna And Rome: And Beyond
  • 11. In Cunctis Mundi Partibus
  • The Far West
  • 12. Inconcussam Servare Proviciam: Dissent In Africa
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix: On The Distribution Of Gregory's Correspondence
  • Glossary Of Terms For Offices
  • Index To Gregory's Works.

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