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Overview

This book offers a vivid, compelling history of the first thousand years of Christianity. For the second edition, the book has been thoroughly rewritten and expanded. It includes two new chapters, as well as an extensive preface in which the author reflects on the scholarly traditions which have influenced his work and explains his current thinking about the book's themes.
  • New edition of popular account of the first 1000 years of Christianity.
  • Thoroughly rewritten, with extensive new preface of author's current thinking.
  • Includes new maps, substantial bibliography, and numerous chronological tables.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Most scholars would have been content to let a book as fine as the first edition of The Rise of Western Christendom rest on its laurels. Not so Peter Brown. He has taken note of the recent outburst of scholarship in this field, and has produced a yet richer work, which, with its extended notes and bibliography, will prove to be a mine for scholars and students for years to come." Ian Wood, University of Leeds

"This outstanding revision of The Rise of Western Christendom will make this the book for the next generation and will stimulate countless revisions of long-accepted interpretations of the period 400-1000." Thomas F. X. Noble, University of Notre Dame

"[The first edition] was a historical masterpiece before. But the author's mind has moved on: The second edition contains further development, has filled out a great deal of detail, revised much in the light of more recent work, and, especially, has made it very much more useful for serious students by providing references and notes." Robert Markus, University of Nottingham

"A new book by Peter Brown always makes my heart beat faster...The addition of a dazzling range of new scholarly material makes the book a far more thorough treatment...My students will be reading it." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"In the second edition of his The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, AD 200-1000, Brown sets shimmering fragments of historical insight into a mosaic that is all the more splendid for its well-judged architecture, resulting in what may come to stand as the most satisfying contribution of an unusually distinguished career. With time, The Rise of Western Christendom may emerge as a milestone in the search for an account of the fall of Rome that genuinely breaks free of Gibbon's spell." Kate Cooper, Times Literary Supplement.

"With its dexterous and confident handling of an array of subjects and disciplines, and its exhaustive and detailed endnotes and bibliography, this book has encapsulated and synthesized a burgeoning field of scholarship at the point of perhaps its greatest creativity and imagination" The Atlantic Monthly

"The Rise of Western Christendom is a work of uncommon originality, prodigious learning, and literary grace." Robert Louis Wilken, National Review

"It is an ashtonishing story, told in a way that keeps general themes clearly in sight while lovingly attending to the particularities of people, pracises and beliefs" First Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631221388
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Making of Europe Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 636
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Brown is Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the Royal Historical Society. His previous books include Augustine of Hippo: A biography (1967, second revised edition, 2000); Society and the Holy in Late Antiquity (1982); The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity (1989); Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire (1992) and Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (2001).
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Table of Contents

List of Maps.

Preface.

Introduction.

Part I: Empire and Aftermath: AD 200–500.

1. ‘The Laws of Countries": Prologue and Overview.

2. Christianity and Empire.

3. Tempora Christiana: Christian Times.

4. Virtutes sanctorum . strages gentium: “Deeds of Saints . Slaughter of Nations”. 5. On the Frontier: Noricum, Ireland, and Francia.

Part II: Divergent Legacies: AD 500–750.

6. Reverentia, rusticitas: Caesarius of Arles to Gregory of Tours.

7. Bishops, City, and Desert: East Rome.

8. Regimen animarum: Gregory the Great.

Part III: The End of Ancient Christianity: AD 600–750.

9. Powerhouses of Prayer: Monasticism in Western Europe.

10. The Making of a Sapiens: Religion and Culture in Continental Europe.

and in Ireland.

11. Medicamenta paenitentiae: Columbanus.

12. Christianity in Asia and the Rise of Islam.

13. “The Changing of the Kingdoms”: Christians under Islam.

14. Christianities of the North: Ireland.

15. Christianities of the North: The Saxons of Britain.

16. Micro-Christendoms.

Part IV: New Christendoms: AD 750-1000.

17. The Crisis of the Image: The Byzantine Iconoclast Controversy.

18. Closing the Frontier: Frisia and Germany.

19. “To Rule the Christian People”: Charlemagne.

17. In gear gagum: “In Days of Yore”: Northern Christendom and its Past.

Notes.

Coordinated Chronological Tables.

Bibliography: Primary Sources; Secondary Sources.

Index.

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