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In a lucid history of what used to be termed "the Dark Ages," Judith Herrin outlines the origins of Europe from the end of late antiquity to the coronation of Charlemagne. She shows that the clash between nascent Islam and stubburn Byzantium was the central contest that allowed "Europe" to develop, and she thereby places the rise of the West in its true Mediterranean context. Her inquiry centers on the notion of "Christendom." Instead of taking medieval beliefs for granted or separating theology from politics, she treats the faith as a material force. In a path-breaking account of the arguments over Christian doctrine, she shows how the northern sphere of the Roman world divided into two distinct and self-conscious imperial units, as the Arabs swept through the southern regions.

One of the most interesting strands of the author's argument concerns religious art and iconoclasm. Her book shows how the impact of Islam's Judaic ban on graven images precipitated both the iconoclast crisis in Constantinople and the West's unique commitment to pictorial narrative, as justified by Pope Gregory the Great.

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In a lucid history of what used to be termed "the Dark Ages," Judith Herrin outlines the origins of Europe from the end of late antiquity to the coronation of Charlemagne. She shows that the clash between nascent Islam and stubburn Byzantium was the central contest that allowed "Europe" to develop, and she thereby places the rise of the West in its true Mediterranean context. Her inquiry centers on the notion of "Christendom." Instead of taking medieval beliefs for granted or separating theology from politics, she treats the faith as a material force. In a path-breaking account of the arguments over Christian doctrine, she shows how the northern sphere of the Roman world divided into two distinct and self-conscious imperial units, as the Arabs swept through the southern regions.

One of the most interesting strands of the author's argument concerns religious art and iconoclasm. Her book shows how the impact of Islam's Judaic ban on graven images precipitated both the iconoclast crisis in Constantinople and the West's unique commitment to pictorial narrative, as justified by Pope Gregory the Great.

Table of Contents

List of Plates xiii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 3

PART I. LATE ANTIQUITY

1. Romans and Non-Romans 15

2. Christian Influence in Late Antique Culture 19

3. The Culture in the Sixth Century: The Council of 533 90

PART II. FROM CHRISTIAN SCHISM TO DIVISION 129

Introduction to Part II 133

4. The Acheivment of Gregory the Great 145

5. Byzantium Confronted by Islam 183

6. The Visigothic Alternative 220

7. The Roots of Christian Disunity, 649-92 250

PART III. THE THREE HEIRS OF ROME 291

Introduction to Part III 295

8. Eastern Iconoclasm: Islamic and Byzantine 307

9. Divergent Paths 344

10. The Carolingian Innovation 390

11. The Two Emperors of Christendom 445

12. Conclusion 477

Afterword 481

Abbreviatons 489

Index 493

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missmea, January 13, 2011 (view all comments by missmea)
Herrin creates an extremely complex and informative work on the evolution of Christianity throughout the Dark Ages. The subject is a fascinating one, however Herrin's prose is somewhat difficult for non-academics to follow. While I highly recommend this book for anyone seriously studying the subject, it might be to much for non-specialists to handle.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780691008318
Author:
Herrin, Judith
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Mediterranean region
Subject:
Middle ages, 600-1500
Subject:
Christianity -- History.
Subject:
Mediterranean Region Church history.
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
World History/Comparative History
Subject:
Church history -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks
Series Volume:
v. 6
Publication Date:
August 1989
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.22x6.06x1.07 in. 1.67 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In a lucid history of what used to be termed "the Dark Ages," Judith Herrin outlines the origins of Europe from the end of late antiquity to the coronation of Charlemagne. She shows that the clash between nascent Islam and stubburn Byzantium was the central contest that allowed "Europe" to develop, and she thereby places the rise of the West in its true Mediterranean context. Her inquiry centers on the notion of "Christendom." Instead of taking medieval beliefs for granted or separating theology from politics, she treats the faith as a material force. In a path-breaking account of the arguments over Christian doctrine, she shows how the northern sphere of the Roman world divided into two distinct and self-conscious imperial units, as the Arabs swept through the southern regions.

One of the most interesting strands of the author's argument concerns religious art and iconoclasm. Her book shows how the impact of Islam's Judaic ban on graven images precipitated both the iconoclast crisis in Constantinople and the West's unique commitment to pictorial narrative, as justified by Pope Gregory the Great.

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