Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 400-1400 / Edition 1

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This magisterial book provides an analysis of the course of Western intellectual history between A.D. 400 and 1400. The book is arranged in two parts: the first surveys the comparative modes of thought and varying success of Byzantine, Latin-Christian, and Muslim cultures, and the second takes the reader from the twelfth-century revival of learning to the high Middle Ages and beyond, the period in which the vibrancy of Western intellectual culture enabled it to stamp its imprint well beyond the frontiers of Christendom.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is the first book in what promises to be an exciting new series. It will seek to provide "a chronological account of the intellectual life and the development of ideas in Western Europe from the early medieval period to the present day." Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Michael Dirda
Should instantly become the standard introduction to its subject.
Washington Post Book World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300078527
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Yale Intellectual History of the West Se
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,129,096
  • Product dimensions: 9.64 (w) x 7.38 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Pt. I From Roman Christianity to the Latin Christian Culture of the Early Middle Ages
1 From Apology to the Constantinian Establishment 3
2 The Latin Church Fathers, I: Ambrose and Jerome 16
3 The Latin Church Fathers, II: Augustine and Gregory the Great 25
4 Hanging by a Thread: The Transmitters and Monasticism 42
5 Europe's New Schoolmasters: Franks, Celts, and Anglo-Saxons 56
6 The Carolingian Renaissance 66
Pt. II Vernacular Culture
7 Celtic and Old French Literature 79
8 Varieties of Germanic Literature: Old Norse, Old High German, and Old English 89
Pt. III Early Medieval Civilizations Compared
9 Imperial Culture: Byzantium 113
10 Peoples of the Book: Muslim and Jewish Thought 129
11 Western European Thought in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries 160
Pt. IV Latin and Vernacular Literature
12 The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century 175
13 Courtly Love Literature 183
14 Goliardic Poetry, Fabliaux, Satire, and Drama 200
15 Later Medieval Literature 213
Pt. V Mysticism, Devotion and Heresy
16 Cistercians and Victorines 225
17 Franciscans, Dominicans, and Later Medieval Mystics 234
18 Heresy in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries 245
19 The Christian Commonwealth Reconfigured: Wycliff and Huss 253
Pt. VI High and Late Medieval Speculative Thought
20 Scholasticism and the Rise of Universities 265
21 The Twelfth Century: The Logica Modernorum and Systematic Theology 274
22 The Thirteenth Century: Modism and Terminism, Latin Averroism, Bonaventure, and Thomas Aquinas 289
23 Later Medieval Scholasticism: The Triumph of Terminism, Henry of Ghent, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham 302
Pt. VII The Legacy of Scholasticism
24 The Natural Sciences: Reception and Criticism 319
25 Economic Theory: Poverty, the Just Price, and Usury 326
26 Political Theory: Regnum and Sacerdotum, Conciliarism, and Feudal Monarchy 335
Conclusion 352
Notes 360
Bibliographical Note 364
Index 370
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