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Gregory the Great and his World By R. A. Markus (University of Nottingham)

Gregory the Great and his World
by R. A. Markus (University of Nottingham)

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This is a study of Gregory the Great, the pope who sent Augustine (of Canterbury) and his fellow missionaries to convert the heathen English to Christianity (597). The book deals with every aspect of Gregory's pontificate and thus will be a major contribution to the study of late antique society.
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Gregory the Great and his World by R. A. Markus (University of Nottingham)

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.

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Gregory the Great and his World Reviews


'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
"Judged by the breadth of its scholarship and the richness of its ideas, Gregory the Great and His World is a very good book indeed, one destined to make an enduring contribution to our understanding of late antiquity." The Catholic Historical Review
"It gives a full account of his thought and spirituality at a time of catastrophic change in Europe, and provides a picture of late antiques society." History Today
"...the book coheres remarkably well as a work of fundamental research scholarship....Gregory the Great and His World is written in an engaging and sympathetic style. Readers who know Gregory well will learn from Markus's study. For others, Markus's book will take its place at the head of the abundant literature on Gregory and serve for decades as the most instructive point of entry into understanding Gregory and his pontificate." John Contreni, The Medieval Review
"Markus' Gregory the Great is a substantial contribution to the field. In a text well supplied with maps, bibliography and notes, Markus shares a lifetime of scholarship in this significant biography." George Demacopoulos, St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly
"This is a scholarly work and much of the discussion of texts and sources will be chiefly of interest to specialists, but the general reader can also benefit greatly from this careful reading of a personality and period decisive for the subsequent Christian story." First Things
"Markus deserves our gratitude for clarifying Gregory's dispute with the so-called Donatists of the sixth century. Markus delineates the difference two centuries brought to the question. Markus unwinds the tangled web of the Schism of the Three Chapters with careful attention to prosopography as well as the political ambitions and vulnerabilities of various players. Scholars of church history and of the Middle Ages will welcome this book for its clarification of the complicated role Gregory... It is a significant contribution that advances our understanding of Gregory and his times. Markus writes with precision, clarity, and a freshness of expression that makes his works a delight to read. This work is no exception." Carole Straw, Church History
"...an ambitious undertaking....by the breadth of its scholarship and the richnedd of its ideas, Gregory the Great and His World is a very good book indeed, one destined to make an enduring contribution to our understanding of late antiquity." Wm. D. McCready, Catholic Historical Review
"...a pleasant and engaging read and for the newcomer to Gregory will serve as an excellent introduction. It takes F. Holmes Dudden a great deal further in the light of nearly a century of subsequent scholarship, and there is helpful citation of the modern literature..." G.R. Evans, Speculum
"This book makes instructive and entertaining reading." Burcht Pranger, The Journal of Religion
"He summarizes perfectly:" American Benedictive Review

Table of Contents


Preface; 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; Epilogue; Appendix: On the distribution of Gregory's correspondence; Glossary of terms for offices; Index to Gregory's works.

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GOR004716287
Gregory the Great and his World by R. A. Markus (University of Nottingham)
R. A. Markus (University of Nottingham)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
1997-10-09
268
0521584302
9780521584302
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