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Gregory the Great and his World

Gregory the Great and his World


  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521586085

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  • Markus's new and accessible work is the first full study of Gregory the Great since that of F. H. Dudden (1905) to deal with both Gregory's life and work as well as with his thought and spirituality. With his command of Gregory's works, Markus portrays vividly the daily problems of one of the most attractive characters of the age. Gregory's culture is described in the context of the late Roman educational background and in the context of previous patristic tradition. Markus seeks to understand Gregory as a cultivated late Roman aristocrat converted to the ascetic ideal, caught in the tension between his attraction to the monastic vocation and his episcopal ministry, at a time of catastrophic change in the Roman world. The book deals with every aspect of his pontificate: as bishop of Rome, as landlord of the Church lands, in his relations to the Empire, and to the Western Germanic kingdoms in Spain, Gaul, and, especially, his mission to the English.

    • No modern equivalent in any language
    • Takes into account advance in historical scholarship over the 90 years since Dudden, and modern perspectives in the study of Late Antiquity
    • Very fully documented
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book has been long and eagerly awaited … Those who have waited will not be disappointed. No one is better placed to fulfil what the title promises … It is a mark of Markus's splendid achievement that he is able to intergrate the tensions of Gregory's life, represented by the two halves of this book, and to fuse them in one individual in this world.' Dr Harrison, Durham University

    ' … eagerly awaited … It is a mark of Markus's splendid achievement that he is able to integrate the tensions of Gregory's life, represented by the two halves of this book, and fuse them in one individual in his world'. Church Times

    'Sweet fruit of almost forty years' tender cultivation, this is a book to be savoured.' Early Medieval Europe

    'Easily accessible to the non-specialist, it is also a carefully argued piece of scholarship …[this] will no doubt be the standard monograph on this famous Pope for a long time to come.' Wolfram Kinzig, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521586085
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.385kg
    • contains: 3 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: a contemplative in a troubled world
    2. Integritas animi: ministry in the Church
    3. Sapienter indoctus: scriptural understanding
    4. Appropinquante mundi termino: the world in its old age
    5. The Christian community and its neighbours
    6. Christiana respublica: within the confines of the Empire
    7. Terra mea: Italy between two worlds
    8. Argus luminosissimus: the pope as landlord
    9. Scissum corpus: the schism of the Three Chapters
    10. Ravenna and Rome: and beyond
    11. In cunctis mundi partibus
    the Far West
    12. Inconcussam servare proviciam: dissent in Africa
    Appendix: On the distribution of Gregory's correspondence
    Glossary of terms for offices
    Index to Gregory's works.

  • Author

    R. A. Markus, University of Nottingham

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