Consul of God Paperback

The Life and Times of Gregory the Great

by Jeffrey Richards;

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Consul of God

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Gregory the Great, whose reign spanned the years between 590 and 604 A.D., was one of the most remarkable figures of the early medieval Papacy. Aristocrat, administrator, teacher and scholar, he ascended the throne of St Peter at a time of acute crisis for the Roman Church. Consul of God, first published in 1980, revises the traditional picture of Pope Gregory. It examines how he organised the central administration of the Papacy and his unremitting war on heresy and schism. Gregory also pioneered a new pastoral tradition in learning, promoted monasticism, and trained the episcopate. Jeffrey Richards demonstrates that Gregory was both a conservative and a pioneer, and just as his reign looked forward to the medieval world it also looked back to a vanishing world of imperial unity. He was thus the last representative of those Roman senators whose fortitude and energy he emulated, earning the epitaph 'Consul of God'.

Consul of God by Jeffrey Richards was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in September 2015. The ISBN for Consul of God is 9781138777620.

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Details for Consul of God

Page last updated 29th March 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (September 2015)
Number of Pages322
Thickness18 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4333769
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