Religion in the Medieval West

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Western European civilization in the medieval centuries was a time of significant development as the ascendency of the Roman Catholic Church spread Christianity throughout Europe. This book examines the religious life of this formative period, the history of the institutional Church, and focuses on the interaction between the Church and secular members of society. This new edition has been updated, and includes new visual evidence and a glossary of technical terms.

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Overview

Western European civilization in the medieval centuries was a time of significant development as the ascendency of the Roman Catholic Church spread Christianity throughout Europe. This book examines the religious life of this formative period, the history of the institutional Church, and focuses on the interaction between the Church and secular members of society. This new edition has been updated, and includes new visual evidence and a glossary of technical terms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340808399
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/29/2003
  • Series: An Arnold Publication Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,349,159
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Hamilton is Professor Emeritus of Crusading History at the University of Nottingham.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: The Growth of the Western Church 1
Pt. I The Western Church 13
1 Christian Belief 15
2 Sources of Authority 24
3 Church Organization: I The Secular Clergy 33
4 Church Organization: II The Regular Clergy 41
5 Church Services 51
6 Ethical Teaching 62
Pt. II The Practice of the Christian Life 71
7 Lay People's Knowledge of the Christian Faith 73
8 Sacraments and Rites of Passage 87
9 Popular Devotions 99
10 The Quest for Perfection 110
11 Difficulties of Believing 118
Pt. III The Diversity of Religious Experience 127
12 A Tradition of Dissent 129
13 Relations with the Eastern Churches 139
14 Paganism, Witchcraft and Ritual Magic 148
15 Contacts with other Religions 157
App The Medieval Western Text of the Old Testament 169
Glossary 171
Further Reading 182
Index 191
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