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The Birth of Purgatory

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Publisher Comments:

In The Birth of Purgatory, Jacques Le Goff, the brilliant medievalist and renowned Annales historian, is concerned not with theological discussion but with the growth of an idea, with the relation between belief and society, with mental structures, and with the historical role of the imagination. Le Goff argues that the doctrine of Purgatory did not appear in the Latin theology of the West before the late twelfth century, that the word purgatorium did not exist until then. He shows that the growth of a belief in an intermediate place between Heaven and Hell was closely bound up with profound changes in the social and intellectual reality of the Middle Ages. Throughout, Le Goff makes use of a wealth of archival material, much of which he has translated for the first time, inviting readers to examine evidence from the writings of great, obscure, or anonymous theologians.

About the Author

Jacques Le Goff is the author of Time, Work, and Culture, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

The Third Place

Part One - The Hereafter before Purgatory

1. Ancient Imaginings

2. The Fathers of Purgatory

3. The Early Middle Ages: Doctrinal Stagnation and the Riot of Imagination

Part Two - The Twelfth Century: The Birth of Purgatory The Century of the Great Advance

4. The Fire of Purgatory

5. "Locus Purgatorius": A Place for Purgation

6. Purgatory between Sicily and Ireland

7. The Logic of Purgatory

Part Three - The Triumph of Purgatory

8. The Scholastic Systematization

9. Social Victory: Purgatory and the Cure of Souls

10. The Poetic Triumph: The Divina Commedia

Why Purgatory?

Appendix 1. Bibliography of Purgatory

Appendix 2. "Purgatorium": The History of a Word

Appendix 3. Earliest Images

Appendix 4. Recent Works

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226470832
Translator:
Goldhammer, Arthur
Author:
Goldhammer, Arthur
Author:
Le Goff, Jacques
Author:
Goff, Jacques Le
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Roman Catholicism
Subject:
Eschatology
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Purgatory
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Eschatology
Subject:
REL067060
Subject:
Christianity - Catholic
Subject:
Christian Theology - Eschatology
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9.02x6.03x.92 in. 1.20 lbs.

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