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Baptism and Change in the Early Middle Ages, c.200–c.1150

Baptism and Change in the Early Middle Ages, c.200–c.1150


Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521526425

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  • The liturgy of the medieval church has been little studied in its relation to medieval thought and society. It has often been taken for granted that the Latin liturgy was understood by the priest, but to his congregation was only a spectacle of authority. This book begins with the hypothesis that the liturgy was, in some senses, understood by its congregations, and it attempts to discover what this understanding might have been. Through studies of the sermons and writings of Tertullian, Ambrose, Augustine, Bede, Abelard and others, of the practice of infant baptism, and of the art and architecture of the baptistery, the book attempts to rediscover the underlying philosophy of symbol which is the grounds of ritual understanding in both priest and congregation.

    • A strongly interdisciplinary contribution to our 'flagship' medieval series, for historians, theologians and sociologists
    • Makes a wholly original contribution to our understanding of medieval popular religious culture through a detailed analysis of the rite of the baptism
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    'His wonderful style and splendidly unconventional approach make this a book worth reading by all scholars and students of the arts.' Early Medieval Europe

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    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521526425
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Hippolytus of Rome: right and wrong and the Unknown God
    2. Tertullian and Ambrose: reason and desire
    3. Augustine
    4. From Augustins to the Carolingians
    5. The diminishing of baptism
    6. The Twelfth Century, or falling short
    Excursus I
    Excursus II

  • Author

    Peter Cramer, Wolfson College, Oxford

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