The Birth of Purgatory Paperback

by Jacques le Goff;

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The Birth of Purgatory

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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.

The Birth of Purgatory by Jacques le Goff was published by The University of Chicago Press in December 1986 and is our 41493rd best seller. The ISBN for The Birth of Purgatory is 9780226470832.

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Details for The Birth of Purgatory

Page last updated 21st August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press (December 1986)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages440
Thickness23 mm
Height278 mm
Width154 mm
Product Code1147533
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