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The Rise of Western Christendom

Peter Brown

The Rise of Western Christendom

Peter Brown

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This is a history of the people, struggles, defeats and victories, ideas and actions that together comprise the history of the first one thousand years of Christianity. Ranging across much of Asia, North Africa and Europe, it both captures the immediacy of decisive moments and explains how by the end of the period Christianity had become the dominant factor in political power and cultural life throughout the region.^The author traces the history of the distinctly Eastern and Western Christendoms, recreating the vibrancy of Christian cultures and their claims to be the universal true' Christianity. He shows how the rise of centralized forms of Christianity were associated with the renewed imperial systems of Byzantium and the Carolingian Empire.^Peter Brown examines the impact of other religious traditions on the development of Christianity. He describes reactions to the explosive rise of Islam, and explains how, especially in North and Eastern Europe, the memories of a pagan past became part of the culture of what was now an officially Christian world. By 1000AD, a distinctive relation between past and present, between profane and sacred had emerged in Western Christendom, and a civilization that was by then irrevocably different from the Christendoms of the East.

- Publisher This is a history of the people, struggles, defeats and victories, ideas and actions that together comprise the history of the first 1000 years of Christianity. It ranges across much of Asia, North Africa and Europe. It both captures the immediacy of decisive moments and explains how by the end of the period Christianity had become the dominant factor in political power and cultural life throughout the region.By establishing itself within the framework of two empires, the Roman and the Persian Sasanian, Christendom inherited from its beginnings their double universalism. The author traces the history of the distinctly Eastern Christendoms, centred first in Byzantium and later spreading to the Balkans and to Russia, and of Western Christendom focused on Rome but with powerfully independent centres in France, Germany, England and Ireland. He recreates the vibrancy of Christian cultures and their claims to be the universal "true" Christianity, and shows how the rise of centralized forms of Christianity were associated with the renewed imperial systems of Byzantium and the Carolingian Empire.Peter Brown examines the impact of other religious traditions on the development of Christianity. He describes reactions to the explosive rise of Islam, and explains how, especially in North and Eastern Europe, the memories of a pagan past became part of the culture of what was now an officially Christian world. By AD 1000, a distinctive relation between past and present, between profane and sacred, had emerged in Western Christendom, and a civilization that was by then irrevocably different from the Christendoms of the East.

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This is a history of the people, struggles, defeats and victories, ideas and actions that together comprise the history of the first one thousand years of Christianity. Ranging across much of Asia, North Africa and Europe, it both captures the immediacy of decisive moments and explains how by the end of the period Christianity had become the dominant factor in political power and cultural life throughout the region.^The author traces the history of the distinctly Eastern and Western Christendoms, recreating the vibrancy of Christian cultures and their claims to be the universal true' Christianity. He shows how the rise of centralized forms of Christianity were associated with the renewed imperial systems of Byzantium and the Carolingian Empire.^Peter Brown examines the impact of other religious traditions on the development of Christianity. He describes reactions to the explosive rise of Islam, and explains how, especially in North and Eastern Europe, the memories of a pagan past became part of the culture of what was now an officially Christian world. By 1000AD, a distinctive relation between past and present, between profane and sacred had emerged in Western Christendom, and a civilization that was by then irrevocably different from the Christendoms of the East.
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This is a history of the people, struggles, defeats and victories, ideas and actions that together comprise the history of the first 1000 years of Christianity. It ranges across much of Asia, North Africa and Europe. It both captures the immediacy of decisive moments and explains how by the end of the period Christianity had become the dominant factor in political power and cultural life throughout the region.By establishing itself within the framework of two empires, the Roman and the Persian Sasanian, Christendom inherited from its beginnings their double universalism. The author traces the history of the distinctly Eastern Christendoms, centred first in Byzantium and later spreading to the Balkans and to Russia, and of Western Christendom focused on Rome but with powerfully independent centres in France, Germany, England and Ireland. He recreates the vibrancy of Christian cultures and their claims to be the universal "true" Christianity, and shows how the rise of centralized forms of Christianity were associated with the renewed imperial systems of Byzantium and the Carolingian Empire.Peter Brown examines the impact of other religious traditions on the development of Christianity. He describes reactions to the explosive rise of Islam, and explains how, especially in North and Eastern Europe, the memories of a pagan past became part of the culture of what was now an officially Christian world. By AD 1000, a distinctive relation between past and present, between profane and sacred, had emerged in Western Christendom, and a civilization that was by then irrevocably different from the Christendoms of the East.
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Meet the Author

Peter Brown

PETER BROWN, Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University, is a leading authority on the society of late antiquity and early Christianity. He is author of Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (1967, 2000), The Rise of Western Christendom (1996), Authority and the Sacred (1995), and The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity (1988).

Table Of Contents

  • Part 1 Empire And Aftermath - 200-500 Ad: "the Laws Of Countries"
  • Christianity And Empire
  • Tempora Christiana - Christian Times
  • Virtutes Sanctorum ... Strages Gentium - "deeds Of Saints ... Slaughter
  • Of Nations"
  • On The Frontiers - Noricum, Ireland And Francia. Part 2 Divergent Legacies
  • - 500-750 Ad: Reverentia, Rusticitas - Caesarius Of Arles To Gregory Of
  • Tours
  • Bishops, City And Desert - East Rome
  • Regimen Animarum - Gregory The Great
  • Medicamenta Paenitentiae - Columbanus
  • Christianity In Asia
  • "the Changing Of The Kingdoms" - Christians Under Islam
  • Christianities Of The North - Ireland And Saxon Britain
  • Micro-christendoms. Part 3 The End Of An Ancient World - 750-1000 Ad: The
  • Crisis Of The Image - The Byzantine Iconoclast Controversy
  • Closing The Frontier - Frisia And Germany
  • "to Rule The Christian People" - Charlemagne
  • In Gear Dagum - "in Days Of Yore" - Northern Christendom And Its Past.

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  • Catalogue Code 109957
  • Product Code 1577180925
  • EAN 9781577180920
  • Pages 384
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Blackwell Publishing
  • Publication Date Apr 1997
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.548kg

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