The formation of Christendom /
Judith Herrin.
Oxford : Basil Blackwell, 1987.
x, 530 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
0631151869 :
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Oxford : Basil Blackwell, 1987.
0631151869 :
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-12:
There were already enough histories of the foundations of medieval Europe and of Western Christendom, but Herrin's stands apart from the crowded field. She has approached the period from Constantine to Charlemagne with no commitment to describing the development of a particular Europe. Instead, she has examined the world of late antiquity, beginning with its own eastern Mediterranean center, and observed the pressures at work on the two empires and their quite different processes of assimilation, rejection, and response to the Jewish and Roman traditions, the antique religious culture and evangelical ideology, and the challenge of Islam. This is magisterial general history from a strong empirical base in chronicles, patristics, linguistics, hagiography, and economics. The author gives the necessary technical explanations without hauteur: this book might become a classic. An excellent index, footnotes, bibliography of abbreviated citations, and good physical production are somewhat shadowed by occasional typographical errors.-D. Williman, SUNY at Binghamton
Appeared in Library Journal on 1987-09-01:
This exceptionally learned, remarkably broad, and lucidly written study represents a milestone in our understanding of the culture of late classical antiquity and of early medieval Europe. Examining both Muslim and Christian heirs of the Roman Empire, Herrrin explores faith as a material force in early medieval society. As the ancient world collapsed, religious faith rather than imperial rule became the feature with which Christians and Muslims defined their worlds. The adaptability of both to local needs provided the dynamism necessary for their expansion. Herrin sees Byzantium as the central force in the development of both Europe and Islam: Byzantium checked the Muslim challenge to Western Christendom but failed to confine Islam to Arabia. Certain to provoke discussion, this fine comparative history is essential for both research and general collections. Bennett D. Hill, St. Anselm's Abbey, Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
List of Platesp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Late Antiquity
Romans and Non-Romansp. 15
Christian Influence in Late Antique Culturep. 19
The Culture in the Sixth Century: The Council of 533p. 90
From Christian Schism to Divisionp. 129
Introduction to Part IIp. 133
The Acheivment of Gregory the Greatp. 145
Byzantium Confronted by Islamp. 183
The Visigothic Alternativep. 220
The Roots of Christian Disunity, 649-92p. 250
The Three Heirs of Romep. 291
Introduction to Part IIIp. 295
Eastern Iconoclasm: Islamic and Byzantinep. 307
Divergent Pathsp. 344
The Carolingian Innovationp. 390
The Two Emperors of Christendomp. 445
Conclusionp. 477
Afterwordp. 481
Abbreviatonsp. 489
Indexp. 493
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