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The Church in Western Europe from the Tenth to the Early Twelfth Century

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This is a comprehensive survey of the history of the church between around 900 and around 1125, considered both as a set of institutions and as a spiritual body. The emphasis of the first half is on the structures of religious belief and practice in the period between 900 and around 1050: 'popular' religion; the church hierarchy; rulers and the churches in their kingdoms; monasticism; currents of orthodox and heterodox thought. The second half concentrates on the revolutionary changes associated with the rise of ...
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Overview

This is a comprehensive survey of the history of the church between around 900 and around 1125, considered both as a set of institutions and as a spiritual body. The emphasis of the first half is on the structures of religious belief and practice in the period between 900 and around 1050: 'popular' religion; the church hierarchy; rulers and the churches in their kingdoms; monasticism; currents of orthodox and heterodox thought. The second half concentrates on the revolutionary changes associated with the rise of the papacy to a new position of rulership within the church. It shows how far one can talk of a 'reform movement' and how the idea and ideal of papal monarchy came to become both the prisoner and the leader of those who sought for a renewal of Christian life. It also does justice to the 'opposition', stressing the deep religious convictions of those who on certain issues came to oppose popes and 'reformers', and showing also how fragmentary were the advances of the 'reform movement'. Tellenbach's survey is the book of a scholar who has been working in the field for sixty years, characterised by the freshness and the maturity of its judgements, which cuts through many fashionable theories and shows how thin is the evidence for them. No other work on the topic offers the same range, depth, and authority.
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"This is a wonderful book, not the least because it will force all students of this revolutionary epoch, as Tellenbach also believes it was (p. 340), to rethink their presuppostions. The translation by Timothy Reuter is excellent, both accurate and elegant." John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame, Speculum-A Journal of Medieval Studies

"Gerd Tellenbach, professor emeritus at the University of Frieburg im Breisgau, ranks as one of the leading historians of the Middle Ages. His 1936 work Church, State and Christian Society at the Time of the Investiture Contest has become a classic. Now, in The Church in Western Europe, Tellenbach produces much more than a survey of a critical period in church history, and we are fortunate to have this work available in the eloquent translation of Timothy Reuter....Tellenbach brings a master's touch to complicated and controversial issues....[This book] will help to build a much needed bridge between the English speaking reader—from the advanced undergraduate on—and German medieval scholarship." Jay T. Lees, History

"...its greatest strength lies in the wealth and precision of its detail, the mature depth of its scholarship, and the richness of the ongoing bibliographic commentary that runs through its footnotes." Francis Oakley, Church History

"This is an outstanding translation of an outstading book.... English readers will be especially grateful that Professor Reuter has updated and expanded the bibliography in accordance with English practice as well." The Catholic Historical Review

"There is no book with which this one can be compared. It is more comprehensive that any existing study of comparable length and scope and, what is more, other books usually do not offer a few hours in the company of one of this century's greatest medievalists as he talks at length on the subjects that have engaged his attention and interest for more than six decades." American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521431057
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/1993
  • Series: Cambridge Medieval Textbooks Series
  • Pages: 423
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's note
Author's preface
List of abbreviations
1 Western Christendom and its environment in the tenth and eleventh centuries 1
The internal and external security of western Christendom 1
On the nature and significance of Christian mission in Europe in the tenth and eleventh centuries 6
2 The church and its manifestations on earth 22
The universality of the church 22
Parish and diocese, church provinces and synods 26
The significance of kingdoms and principalities for the formation of particular churches 37
The pope: ideal and reality 65
3 The material existence of the churches and the clergy 75
4 Religious life and thought 91
The sense of closeness between this world and the next 91
Monasticism: a life determined by the next world and its influence on this one 101
Christian 'estates' 122
5 The beginnings of the revolution in church history 135
The prehistory 135
The popes and the emancipation of the Roman church following the synods of Sutri and Rome (1046) 141
'Church reform' 157
6 Gregory VII (1073-1085) 185
The growth of papal activity from Leo IX to Alexander II 185
Gregory VII and the bishops 205
Gregory VII and the rulers outside the empire 218
Gregory VII and Henry IV 222
7 Continuing conflicts between established principles 253
The schism and its consequences 253
The investiture contest 264
The struggle against property in churches and monasteries 286
8 Pope, church, and Christendom 304
The papal primacy in spiritual matters 304
The means and instruments of power at the papacy's disposal 322
Ecclesia and Christianitas 334
Epilogue 348
Select bibliography 354
Index 379
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