The Carolingian Debate over Sacred Space

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Retracing the contours of a bitter controversy over the meaning of sacred architecture that flared up among some of the leading lights of the Carolingian renaissance, Samuel Collins explores how ninth-century authors articulated the relationship of form to function and ideal to reality in the ecclesiastical architecture of the Carolingian empire. This debate involved many of the major figures of the era, and at its core questioned what it meant for any given place or building to be thought of as specially holy. ...

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Overview

Retracing the contours of a bitter controversy over the meaning of sacred architecture that flared up among some of the leading lights of the Carolingian renaissance, Samuel Collins explores how ninth-century authors articulated the relationship of form to function and ideal to reality in the ecclesiastical architecture of the Carolingian empire. This debate involved many of the major figures of the era, and at its core questioned what it meant for any given place or building to be thought of as specially holy. Many of the signature moments of the Carolingian Renaissance, in church reform, law, and political theory, depended on rival and bitterly controversial definitions of sacred architecture in the material world.

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"In this brief volume, Collins offers an interesting study of Carolingian thoughts on holy places, namely, churches and monasteries. After a reader-friendly introduction, he sensibly begins with earlier thoughts on sacred space committed to writing by the likes of Bede and the Collectio canonum Hibernensis . . . Space as a concept connects easily to other topics, and students may find the parts on the St. Gall Plan and the standing churches of the conclusion interesting . . . Recommended" - Choice

"[Collins'] stimulating contribution is less a study of the debate around the holy place as it is a further important and worth reading indication of the problem field of the importance Carolingian temporal exegesis for the training of religious ideas that observed although the Carolingian reform in the recent literature, but not yet has been adequately analyzed." - Sehepunkte

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"In this brief volume, Collins offers an interesting study of Carolingian thoughts on holy places, namely, churches and monasteries. After a reader-friendly introduction, he sensibly begins with earlier thoughts on sacred space committed to writing by the likes of Bede and the Collectio canonum Hibernensis . . . Space as a concept connects easily to other topics, and students may find the parts on the St. Gall Plan and the standing churches of the conclusion interesting . . . Recommended" - Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137002594
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Series: New Middle Ages Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Collins is an assistant professor of History at George Mason University.

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction
An Asylum Seeker at the Shrine of St. Martin
Christianity and Sacred Places in Antiquity
The Study of Place in Modern Historiography
Insular sources for a Carolingian Debate
Temple and Church in Bede's Exegesis
Topography of Holy Places in the Collectio canonum Hibernensis
Amalarius of Metz and the Meaning of Place
The Early Career of Amalarius
Amalarius and Liturgical Exegesis
Amalarius and his Opponents
Topography and Meaning in Carolingian Monastic Thought
The Plan of St. Gall
The Commentaries on the Benedictine Rule of Smaragdus of St. Mihiel and Hildemar of Corbie
Place, Penance, and Asylum in Alcuin's Tours
The Argument of the Letters
Theodulf on Sin, Penance, and the Topography of Churches
Alcuin and the Meaning of Penance
Conclusion: Two Churches
Bibliography

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