The Missionary Life: Saints and the Evangelisation of Europe, 400-1050

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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