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The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000

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4/5 (52 ratings)
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1,259 pages
16 hours
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Released:
Dec 18, 2012
ISBN:
9781118338841
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Description

This tenth anniversary revised edition of the authoritative text on Christianity’s first thousand years of history features a new preface, additional color images, and an updated bibliography. The essential general survey of medieval European Christendom, Brown’s vivid prose charts the compelling and tumultuous rise of an institution that came to wield enormous religious and secular power.

• Clear and vivid history of Christianity’s rise and its pivotal role in the making of Europe
• Written by the celebrated Princeton scholar who originated of the field of study known as ‘late antiquity’
• Includes a fully updated bibliography and index

Publisher:
Released:
Dec 18, 2012
ISBN:
9781118338841
Format:
Book

About the author

Peter Brown (Ph.D. Oxford University) is the Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University. He previously taught at London University and the University of California, Berkeley. He has written on the rise of Christianity and the end of the Roman empire. His works include: Augustine of Hippo (1967); The World of Late Antiquity (1972); The Cult of the Saints (1981); Body and Society (1988), The Rise of Western Christendom (1995 and 2002); Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (2002). He is presently working on issues of wealth and poverty in the late Roman and early medieval Christian world.


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  • (3/5)
    Mooi uitgebalanceerd overzicht van de opkomst van het christendom inhet Romeinse rijk en de (her)kerstening erna. Zeer gedetailleerd met knappe inzichten, maar soms ook onnodige uitwijdingen. Belangrijkste gebrek : weinig synthese (slothoofdstuk ontbreekt).
  • (3/5)
    Mooi uitgebalanceerd overzicht van de opkomst van het christendom inhet Romeinse rijk en de (her)kerstening erna. Zeer gedetailleerd met knappe inzichten, maar soms ook onnodige uitwijdingen. Belangrijkste gebrek : weinig synthese (slothoofdstuk ontbreekt).
  • (5/5)
    Brown remains the consummate historian of Late Antiquity, the period which he pioneered. It cannot be denied that he does not deal with physical and archaeological evidence. However, what his work does cover, culture, society, and to some degree intellectual history, is of the highest quality. While some argue that his conclusions are incompatible with the physical evidence that portrays decline and destruction, I am of the opinion that Brown is simply asking and answering different questions; his work deals with ideas and how people saw the world around them, not necessarily the realities of the world around them.
  • (5/5)
    Covers lots of information, but is a very good synthesis overall. Brown argues that Christianity was the founding element of the European ethnic identities and also of the European identity as a whole. The book is often structured biographically—this anecdotal approach makes for good reading, but can lead to “big man” view of history. Brown argues that the traditional image of the barbarians is wrong. The barbarians were open-minded to the influence of Roman civilization and this explains the early triumph of Christianization.