The Formation of Christendom Paperback

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The Formation of Christendom

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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.

The Formation of Christendom by J. Herrin was published by The University Press Group Ltd in August 1989. The ISBN for The Formation of Christendom is 9780691008318.

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Details for The Formation of Christendom

Page last updated 10th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe University Press Group Ltd (August 1989)
Number of Pages544
Thickness27 mm
Height235 mm
Width154 mm
Product Code4049471
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