The missionary life: saints and the evangelisation of Europe, 400-1050

Voorkant
Longman, 2001 - 309 pagina's
KEY BENEFIT The great missionary figures were crucial to their own time and to posterity. They brought Christian belief and culture to the pagan societies of Dark Age Europe. Tribal and nomadic societies were propelled out of the forest and the plain into a 'civilized' world that carried the genes of the Roman imperial past. The missionaries were crucial too, because of the record they and their correspondents left of the cultures they transformed. The work of St Augustine in England is just one example. The missionaries were not only agents of change, they were also some of Europe's first historians. Anyone who has read Ian Wood's equally ambitious and compelling survey The Merovingian Kingdoms, 451-1050, will rediscover his ability to bring a remote age to life. Here, the unreliable history of the missionary life is disentangled by Ian Wood to produce a uniquely wide-ranging account - giving a sense of the individual experience and collective ethos of the mission, the missionaries' influence on communities and their links to the rest of Christendom. In the Missionary Life the roles and aims of the missionaries, provide a starting point for the history of early medieval Europe. While spiritualism is examined Ian Wood also focuses on the darker side of missionary life - flagellation, starvation, torture - as well as sanctity. Contemporary willing and unwilling evangelism relates to some of these first Christian pioneers. For reader interested in medieval and/or church history. Also available in hardcover, 0-582-31212-4, $ 69.95Y.

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THE CHRISTIANISATION OF EUROPE 4001000
3
FROM PATRICK TO BEDE
25
BONIFACE MAINZ AND FULDA
57
LIST OF MAPS
65
ALCUIN AND ECHTERNACH
79
UTRECHT AND MUNSTER
100
HAMBURG AND BREMEN
123
SALZBURG AND FREISING IN THE EIGHTH CENTURY
145
Adalbert
212
Adalbert and his biographers
215
BRUNO OF QUERFURT
226
Saxony Poland and Bohemia in the lifetime of Bruno
227
The career of Bruno of Querfurt
231
The Life ofthe Five Brothers
233
The letter to Henry II
236
Bruno and mission
239

Arbeo of Freisings Lives of Emmeram and Corbinian
150
Politics and Arbeos Lives
153
Religious purposes in Arbeos Lives
154
The literary form of Arbeos Lives
155
the date
156
Willibald and Arbeo
157
The Bavarian past
158
Mission
159
consensus in Wiirzburg?
160
NINTHCENTURY SALZBURG
168
Missionary history as legal history
171
Constantine and Methodius
173
Ermenrich of Passau and the attitude of the Bavarian Church
176
Nicolas I and the papal involvement in mission
178
The letter of Theotmar
179
THE LATIN LEGENDS OF WENCESLAS
187
Christians Vita et Passio sancti Wenceslai et sancte Ludmile ave eius
188
The sources
192
Saxony and Bohemia
194
Gumpold and Otto II
195
Adalbert of Prague and the cult of Wenceslas
198
The Passio Wenceslai Regis of Laurentius of Montecassino
199
ADALBERT OF PRAGUE
207
The beginnings of the cult
211
CONCLUSION
245
THE MISSIONARY THE FAMILIAR AND THE OTHER
247
Audiences and intentions
248
imagined and real
250
Paganisms and superstitions
253
Strategies of mission
256
Strategies of survival new and familiar
258
Visions as spiritual consolation
261
The shift in the miraculous
262
Confessional writing
264
Hagiography and the history of mission
265
Bibliography of works cited
272
Maps
289
The Christianisation of Europe 4001000
290
From Patrick to Bede
291
Boniface Mainz and Fulda
292
Alcuin and Echternach
293
Utrecht and Munster
294
Hamburg and Bremen
295
Salzburg and Freising in the eighth century
296
The latin legends of Wenceslas Adalbert of Prague and Bruno of Querfurt
297
Index
299
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