The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000 / Edition 3

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Overview

This tenth anniversary revised edition of the authoritative text on Christianity’s first thousand years of history features a new preface, additional color images, and an updated bibliography. The essential general survey of medieval European Christendom, Brown’s vivid prose charts the compelling and tumultuous rise of an institution that came to wield enormous religious and secular power.

• Clear and vivid history of Christianity’s rise and its pivotal role in the making of Europe
• Written by the celebrated Princeton scholar who originated of the field of study known as ‘late antiquity’
• Includes a fully updated bibliography and index

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“Summing Up.  Highly recommended.  Especiallylibraries that lack the second edition; lower-level undergraduatesand above; general readers.”  (Choice, 1September 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118301265
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/4/2013
  • Series: Making of Europe Series , #5
  • Edition description: 10th Anniversary Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 712
  • Sales rank: 607,790
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Brown is Emeritus Professor of History at Princeton University. He is a celebrated scholar and author of numerous seminal historical works, which include Augustine of Hippo (1967, 2000), The World of Late Antiquity (1971), The Cult of the Saints (1982), The Body and Society (1988), Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire (1992), Authority and the Sacred: Aspects of the Christianization of the Roman World (1995), Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (2002), and the forthcoming Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (2012).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface to the Revised Anniversary Edition xi

Preface to the Second Edition xlviii

Introduction 1

Part I Empire and Aftermath: A.D . 200–500 35

1 “The Laws of Countries”: Prologue and Overview37

2 Christianity and Empire 54

3 Tempora Christiana : Christian Times 72

4 Virtutes sanctorum . . . strages gentium : “Deeds ofSaints . . . Slaughter of Nations” 93

5 On the Frontiers: Noricum, Ireland, and Francia 123

Part II Divergent Legacies: A.D . 500–600 143

6 Reverentia, rusticitas : Caesarius of Arles to Gregory ofTours 145

7 Bishops, City, and Desert: East Rome 166

8 Regimen animarum : Gregory the Great 190

Part III The End of Ancient Christianity: A.D . 600–750217

9 Powerhouses of Prayer: Monasticism in Western Europe 219

10 The Making of a Sapiens : Religion and Culture in ContinentalEurope and in Ireland 232

11 Medicamenta paenitentiae : Columbanus 248

12 Christianity in Asia and the Rise of Islam 267

13 “The Changing of the Kingdoms”: Christians underIslam 295

14 Christianities of the North: Ireland 321

15 Christianities of the North: The Saxons of Britain 340

16 Micro-Christendoms 355

Part IV New Christendoms: A.D . 750–1000 381

17 The Crisis of the Image: The Byzantine Iconoclast Controversy383

18 The Closing of the Frontier: Frisia and Germany 408

19 “To Rule the Christian People”: Charlemagne434

20 In gçar dagum , “In Days of Yore”: NorthernChristendom and its Past 464

Notes 490

Coordinated Chronological Tables 573

Bibliography 578

Primary Sources 578

Secondary Sources 589

Index

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  • Posted February 14, 2015

    A Truly Great Book

    This is a beautifully written thought provoking book. My entire understanding of the fall of Rome and the so-called barbarian invasions was revised. His description of the spread of Christianity in the West helps to explain how western Europe came to be what it was prior to the Middle Ages. He also has many interesting things to say about the Eastern Empire and the rise of Islam.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Late Antiquity and the spread of Christianity.

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