The Routledge History of Medieval Christianity: 1050-1500 by R. N. Swanson

By R. N. Swanson

The Routledge background of Medieval Christianity explores the position of Christianity in ecu society from the center of the eleventh-century until eventually the dawning of the Reformation. prepared in 4 thematic sections and comprising 23 initially commissioned chapters plus introductory overviews to each part through the editor, this ebook presents an authoritative survey of a necessary part of medieval historical past.

Comprehensive and cohesive, the amount offers a holistic view of Christianity in medieval Europe, analyzing not just the church itself but in addition its function in, impact on, and tensions with, modern society. Chapters for this reason diversity from examinations of constructions, theology and devotional practices in the church to subject matters resembling gender, violence and holy battle, the economic system, morality, tradition, and lots of extra in addition to, demonstrating the pervasiveness and significance of the church and Christianity within the medieval global.

Despite the transition into an more and more post-Christian age, the historical function of Christianity within the improvement of Europe continues to be necessary to the certainty of eu background – rather within the medieval interval. This assortment may be crucial analyzing for college students and students of medieval experiences throughout a huge variety of disciplines.

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Never in history have the moral forces of so vast a society been so thoroughly concentrated and so effective. 1 Krey’s vision of what historians call the ‘papal monarchy’ probably tells us more about his own moment in time than the days of Innocent III, about early twentieth-century hopes for peace following the trauma of the First World War than papal governance in the thirteenth century. Yet the idea of Christendom continued and still continues to resonate among scholars of the Middle Ages, not to mention philosophers, social scientists, politicians, and anyone else seeking the premodern roots of modern European civilization.

Although popes did not wield the material sword directly, they delegated that earthly responsibility to emperors and princes, revealing the universal latitude of their commission to safeguard God’s Church. ‘It is a watchtower’, Bernard wrote about the papal throne, ‘from it, you oversee everything though the office of your episcopacy.

Peter D. Clarke is Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Southampton, UK. He specialises in the history of the medieval papacy and canon law. He is the author of The Interdict in the Thirteenth Century: A Question of Collective Guilt (2007) and he has edited (with Patrick Zutshi) Supplications from England and Wales in the Registers of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 1410–1503, Canterbury and York Society 103–105 (2013–2015). Jonathan Elukin is Associate Professor of History at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

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