Roger Bacon and the Defence of Christendom [NOOK Book]

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The English Franciscan, Roger Bacon (ca.1214-92), holds a controversial but important position in the development of modern science. He has been portrayed as an isolated figure, at odds with his influential order and ultimately condemned by it. This major study, the first in English for nearly sixty years, offers a provocative new interpretation of both Bacon and his environment. Amanda Power argues that his famous writings for the papal curia were the product of his critical engagement with the objectives of the...
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Roger Bacon and the Defence of Christendom

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Overview

The English Franciscan, Roger Bacon (ca.1214-92), holds a controversial but important position in the development of modern science. He has been portrayed as an isolated figure, at odds with his influential order and ultimately condemned by it. This major study, the first in English for nearly sixty years, offers a provocative new interpretation of both Bacon and his environment. Amanda Power argues that his famous writings for the papal curia were the product of his critical engagement with the objectives of the Franciscan order and the reform agenda of the thirteenth-century church. Fearing that the apocalypse was at hand and Christians unprepared, Bacon explored radical methods for defending, renewing and promulgating the faith within Christendom and beyond. Read in this light, his work indicates the breadth of imagination possible in a time of expanding geographical and intellectual horizons.
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"... a meticulous revisiting of the list and thoughts of the thirteenth-century Minorite friar Roger Bacon ... By leaving the beaten track and rereading Bacon's works the author has indeed made a positive contribution towards restoring his thoughts to their historical context and to his intellectual patrimony."
Benedict Vadakkekara, Collectanea Franciscana
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Meet the Author

Amanda Power is a lecturer in medieval history at the University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. A life in context; 2. Traces on parchment; 3. From the world to God; 4. In defence of Christendom; 5. Beyond Christendom.

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