Ages of Faith: Popular Religion in Late Medieval England and Western Europe

Ages of Faith: Popular Religion in Late Medieval England and Western Europe

by Norman Tanner
     
 

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Christianity in the later Middle Ages was flourishing, popular and vibrant and the institutional church was generally popular--in stark contrast to the picture of corruption and decline painted by the later Reformers which persists even today.

Norman Tanner, the pre-eminent historian of the later medieval church, provides a rich and authoritative history of

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Christianity in the later Middle Ages was flourishing, popular and vibrant and the institutional church was generally popular--in stark contrast to the picture of corruption and decline painted by the later Reformers which persists even today.

Norman Tanner, the pre-eminent historian of the later medieval church, provides a rich and authoritative history of religion in this pivotal period. Despite signs of turbulence and demands for reform, he demonstrates that the church remained powerful, self-confident and deeply rooted. Weaving together key themes of religious history--the Christian roots of Europe; the crusades; the problematic question of the Inquisition; the relationship between the church and secular state; the central role of monasticism; and the independence of the English church--The Ages of Faith is an impressive tribute to a lifetime’s research into this subject. But to many readers the central fascination of The Ages of Faith will be its perceptive insights into popular and individual spiritual experience: sin, piety, penance, heresy, the role of the mystics and even "making merry."

The Ages of Faith is a major contribution to the Reformation debate and offers a revealing vision of individual and popular religion in an important period so long obscured by the drama of the Reformation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845117603
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
01/20/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Norman Tanner is Professor of Church History at the Gregorian University in Rome. He previously held teaching positions in the faculties of both history and theology at the University of Oxford. A medieval historian of international stature, he is best known for his groundbreaking books on the great ecumenical councils of the Middle Ages. He is also the author of a forthcoming volume in The I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church, The Church in the Later Middle Ages.

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