Church and Society in Byzantium under the Comneni, 1081-1261

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In this major study the theme of "church and society" provides a means of examining the condition of the Byzantine Empire at an important period of its history, up to and well beyond the fall of Constantinople in 1204.
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"This is a unique contribution to the field, as it revises the commonly held belief that the new role of the Orthodox church came about with the demise of the Byzantine state and Ottoman conquest." Ara Dostourian, MESA Bulletin

"Angold's book is a thorough account of the church and religion during the Komnenian period....Angold is to be congratulated on tackling a vast and complex subject." Barbara Zeitler, The Medieval Review

"...this volume is to be welcomed as a great work." Joseph A. Munitz, The Catholic Historical Review

"...a comprehensive study of a largely neglected period of the medieval Greek Empire....Angold has produced an elegant and highly readable study, based on solid scholarship and containing a thorough review of recent scholarship, a detailed bibliography...and new conclusions, studded with stimulating discussion. A significant contribution to Byzantine studies, by any standards." Marios Phillippides, Speculum

Barbara Zeitler
Angola's book is a thorough account of the church and religion during the Komnenian period ...Angola is to be congratulated on tackling a vast and complex subject.—The Medieval Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521269865
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 620
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Table of Contents

A note on transliteration; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. The Eleventh Century: 1. Conflict; Part II. Emperors and PATRIARCHS: 2. Alexius Comnenus and the church; 3. Church and politics under Manuel I Comnenus; 4. The failure of the Comnenian church settlement; PART III. THE BISHOP AND LOCAL SOCIETY: 5. The framework; 6. Theophylact of Ohrid; 7. Michael Italikos and George Tornikes; 8. Eustathasius of Thessalonika; 9. Michael Choniates; 10. John Apokaukos; 11. George Bardanes; 12. Demetrius Chomatianos; PART IV. MONASTERIES AND SOCIETY: 13. Alexius I Comnenus and monasticism; 14. Manuel I Comnenus and the monasteries; 15. The role of the monasteries under the Comneni; 16. The monastic estate and society; 17. Lay patronage and the monasteries; 18. The condition of the monasteries under the Comneni; PART V. RELIGION AND SOCIETY: 19. Lay piety: framework and assumptions; 20. Law and marriage; 21. Byzantine woman; 22. Lay piety at Byzantium: beliefs and customs; 23. The Bogomils; PART VI. EXILE 1204-1261: 24. Byzantium and the Latins; 25. Imperial authority and the orthodox church; Bibliography.
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